Cycle Sunday Ride Report - 30th July 2017

This week is a shorter ride but has lots of off road riding so four riders set off from the market cross to ride some bridleways south of Leighton Buzzard. 

We left town via Parsons Close, Grovebury Road, Tiddenfoot Lake and under the by-pass until we arrived at the Tring road. We crossed the road and cycled the road under the railway to Ledburn and into a healthy head wind until we turned left at Mentmore crossroads.  At the next corner we turned right to Crafton and followed the lane round until we joined the bridleway at the back of the closed Mentmore Golf Course.  If you have never cycled this track, do because it is a lovely winding track through the trees until it emerges with a view of Cheddington Hill (see photo).  

Whilst the gates of the club are locked there is a way out to the right. We turned right along the road to Cheddington but as the long straight meets the hedge on the left hand side there is a bridleway on the left.  We followed this track past the back of Cheddington Station but turned at the second bridge under the railway.  The visibility on to the road is much better using the second bridge than the turn under the first bridge.  There is also more space for bicycles.  

We went left through Horton and at the left hand bend turned right through a gate. Three trees had been blown down across the track.  The first two we were able to duck under.  The third I was able to move off the track.  At the end of this track is Horton Wharf on the Grand Union Canal.  Here we joined the canal path north back to Leighton Buzzard. 

We had a new rider to the Sunday rides who had talked to us at our stall at the Canal Festival the day before and the ride was planned to be gentle on a first time Sunday rider.  We cycled the 13.1 miles in one hour and fifty minutes.