Cycle Sunday Ride Report - 30th September 2018

This week I set off to ride three of my favourite off-road paths.  I went all the way down Stanbridge road to the by-pass, crossed and rode towards Great Billington.  Before the 30mph sign I turned left to Eaton Bray.  Riding through the village I turned right to Edlesborough and rode past the Green and up the hill to the church.  The first of my favourite bridle paths is next to the church and across to Ivinghoe Aston, continuing over the road in the woods (see photograph).

Arriving at Ivinghoe I followed the road round, turned left past the Kings Head and then right to Pitstone.  I continued on the road until Marsworth where I left the road, crossed the footbridge and continued on the path by the Grand Union Canal. This path bears left on to my second favourite path, the Aylesbury canal path.  I am not brave enough to ride down the steps so walked down and under the bridges. I continued until the sixth bridge where I left the canal and turned right to cycle to Puttenham.  

Stop and look at the World War One plaque commemorating Puttenham as a “Thankful Village”. All those who went to fight in the war returned alive. I continued to Long Marston and at the crossroads I went across and cycled to Cheddington. I turned left at the roundabouts towards Mentmore but turned left after the long straight through the gates to the closed golf course. This is the third of my favourite bridle paths, round the back of the golf course and emerging on the lane to Crafton. Stop and look at the beautiful Crafton Lodge. I joined the road and went left to Mentmore Crossroads.  

A right turn to Ledburn and I went through the village and up the last hill.  Here I encountered the buzzard which circled and landed in a tree by the road side. Under the railway I arrived at the junction, went right then left on the path under the by-pass.  I went into Tiddenfoot Park and cycled round to the Blackbridge path.  At the end of the path I turned left into Grovebury road and took the path through Parsons Close back to the High Street. This is a ride of 27 miles which took two and a half miles. Next week is a shorter ride of 5-10 miles, 10.30am from the market cross.