Cycle Sunday Ride Report - 29th October 2017

There is a place which we pass but do not visit that often. This is place is Tottenhoe Knolls which is a fantastic place to go off-road cycling. Five cyclists rode to Stanbridge and right towards the by-pass then left and started along the Sewell Greenway. Once over the by-pass we turned right to Totternhoe but at the next junction we carried straight on uphill and into the Knolls. Where there is a locked gate to the nature reserve we turned right and continued along the track towards the only real climb of the ride. At the junction we turned right and before us was the steep climb to the superb viewing point with the Downs in one direction and a view across to Tebworth and Stanbridge and beyond in the other direction. This is a very rewarding climb

We went down the other side and followed the track to the left then to the right and eventually emerged at where the track meets national path 574. Today we were not taking the path and we turned right and downhill to Church End, Tottenhoe. We crossed the road along Furlong Lane and then left on the road to Eaton Bray. We turned left along Doolittle Lane past the old windmill with the great view of the Downs on the left. At the crossroads we went across and through the ford (which had very little water in it) and on to Edlesborough.

We turned right and at the village hall left uphill to the church on the Hemel road. We crossed the road taking the bridleway by the church. This is a really pleasurable bridleway with the view of Ivinghoe Beacon on the left. At the road we turned right through Ivinghoe Aston and at the turning on the bend to the farm at Horton Lock went left arriving at the bridge on the canal. We went under the bridge and took the towpath back into Leighton Buzzard. This is a ride of 17.6 miles with some of the best views of Dunstable Downs and Ivinghoe Beacon and it took us a leisurely two and a quarter hours.