Cycle Sunday Ride Report - 22nd July 2018

Another hot and humid morning and four of us set out at 10.30am for a ride south of Leighton Buzzard. We headed for the canal bridge and joined the towpath south. At this time of the year with no rain the path is not muddy but can be a bit bumpy especially between Grove Lock and Church Lock. We cycled on past Slapton Lock, Horton Lock and Ivinghoe Bridge. There is something very relaxing cycling by water.

We went under the railway and at the next bridge left the towpath and turned left to cycle to Cheddington. Once through the village we continued across the two roundabouts and rode towards Mentmore. At the gates to the closed golf course we went left through the gates and stayed on the track. The track turns right to go through the beautiful shady wood by the edge of the golf course. A buzzard flew across the track in front of me. At the end of the track we re-joined the tarmac and cycled slightly up hill towards Crafton. We followed this lane round until we came to the road where we turned left to Mentmore crossroads.

At the gates to the closed golf course we went left through the gates and stayed on the track. The track turns right to go through the beautiful shady wood by the edge of the golf course. A buzzard flew across the track in front of me. At the end of the track we re-joined the tarmac and cycled slightly up hill towards Crafton. We followed this lane round until we came to the road where we turned left to Mentmore crossroads.

At the crossroads we turned right and rode through Ledburn and up the hill and under the railway bridge to the junction. Going right then immediately left on the path under the by-pass until we arrived at the first entrance into Tiddenfoot Park. We had to dismount and wiggle the bikes through the barriers. We rode right and round the park until we came to the Blackbridge path where we turned right across the canal to Grovebury Road. We went left and joined the path across Parsons Close back to the High Street. The ride was 15.5 miles which took us one hour fifty minutes. Half the ride was off road half on quiet roads and on such a warm day not too much uphill.