Cycle Sunday Ride Report - 8th July 2018

Another very hot day and four of us set off to ride the lanes and the paths from Eaton Bray to Ivinghoe. We left Leighton Buzzard via Hockliffe Street, Danes Way, the path across to Marley Fields and Stanbridge Road. At the by-pass we crossed the carriageways and rode towards Great Billington turning left before we reached the village.

Along this road there is always fly tipping surely a case for some surveillance. At Eaton Bray we went across the road and took the bridle path which at this time of year is a delight to ride with Dunstable Downs ahead and Tottenhoe Knolls on the left. When we arrived at Church Road we crossed and cycled along the lovely Doolittle Lane. At the road junction we crossed the road and went through the ford which on such a hot day was a welcome dip. Arriving in Edlesborough we turned right then at the village hall left up the hill to the Hemel road and the church.

We took the bridle path by the church which goes across to Ivinghoe Aston where the “action” photo of two of us was taken. The bridle path continues across the road through some welcome shady woods to Ivinghoe. At the pub we turned right and right again on to the road to Leighton Buzzard. On crossing the canal bridge we went immediately left on to the canal path north. The path is very firm now and we continued to Slapton Lock. Ahead there was a fishing match so we returned the hundred yards to Slapton bridge, crossed the bridge and rode through Slapton and then Little Billington to the Hemel road.

We turned left and crossed the by-pass at the roundabout back into Leighton Buzzard where we returned to the market cross via Billington Road, Chartmoor Road, Grovebury Road and across the Parsons Close recreation ground. This was a ride of twenty miles which took us under two and half hours in glorious sunshine.