Cycle Sunday Ride Report - 27th August 2017

It has been a year since we rode this route to the Marsworth reservoirs and on a beautiful sunny morning it was the ideal day to do it again. 

We left Leighton Buzzard via Parsons Close, Grovebury Road, the Blackbridge path and left into Tiddenfoot, round the park, under the by-pass and emerged opposite the turn to Ledburn.  In Ledburn we turned left to Mentmore, up the hill and down the other side on the road to Cheddington.  We cycled through Cheddington until we arrived at Cook’s Wharf where the bridge goes over the canal.  Here we turned right off the road and continued along the Grand Union canal south to Marsworth. Just before the junction with the Aylesbury Canal the path goes from the right bank to the left bank over a steep little bridge.  

On reaching Marsworth we re-crossed the canal on the footbridge and crossed the road into the car park. You would have thought it would be busy at this popular beauty spot but it was surprisingly quiet. We followed the path round the reservoir and along the bank which separates the two parts of the reservoir.  On reaching the road we turned right for a hundred yards to the bend and went left by the Tringford reservoir on the path to Little Tring where and joined the Wendover canal near the flour mills.  Crossing the road we continued on the Wendover canal path back to the Grand Union canal. At the Grand Union we went right on the wide path to Bulbourne.  It was just twenty yards over the bridge before we picked up the bridleway on the left which runs next to the nature reserve and all the way back to Marsworth. 

At the road we turned right and took the road into Ivinghoe.  After passing the church on the right we took the left turn which goes one-way to the Rose & Crown pub.  We turned right at the pub and took the bridleway to Ivinghoe Aston. This is one of my favourite paths.  We crossed the road and continued on this superb bridleway to Edlesborough. 

At the church we crossed the Hemel road and went through the village to Eaton Bray where we turned left.  We cycled a couple of hundred yards on the road before we turned right along School Lane, past the school and at the end of the track left on to track which took us back to the Eaton Bray to Totternhoe road. Crossing the road we continued cycling toward Great Billington and at the junction turned right towards the by-pass where I stopped and took the photograph looking towards Dunstable Downs. We crossed the by-pass on to Stanbridge road and cycled back into town. 

The reservoirs are always worth cycling to and this route only has Mentmore hill to climb. It is a ride of 25.6 miles which we completed in two and half hours.