Cycle Sunday Ride Report - 9th September 2018

There was a blustery westerly wind as I set off to ride national cycle way 51 to Winslow. I rode to Soulbury and past the turn to Stewkley taking the bridleway on the left next to the thatched cottage with the peacock on the roof. This is a downhill to a tarmacked road where I turned right and then left before the bridge which carries the by-pass.  This concrete road is by the side of the by-pass.  At the Stoke Hammond – Newton Longville road I went left for 200 metres and then turned left along Dorcas Lane.  Where the tarmac ends I went straight ahead through the wood and on to the grassy track which leads to what was Stokeroad Farm but now has been developed into several dwellings. Continuing past the development I arrived at the Stewkley – Newton Longville road.  Turning right I continued on the road past the crossroads, up the hill and into Newton Longville. In the village I turned left on the road to Whaddon.  After the bridge over the old railway line cycle route 51 crosses the road. This is well worth riding as it has track, lanes and wooded sections.  I turned left and followed the route firstly on a track, then left on to a lane which is uphill, then across the road and through a wood on to the track where the photo was taken.


Crossing the road I cycled on the lane which has the old railway on the right and an old station. At the sharp left hand bend I carried straight on past Moco Farm and through several gates until route 51 arrived at the Swanbourne – Winslow road. From here it is a right hand turn and I followed the route into Winslow.  I returned from Winslow by the same route until this point where I joined the road and with a westerly wind behind me cycled through Swanbourne, Stewkley and Soulbury all the way back to Leighton Buzzard. This was a 32.6 mile ride which took me 2 hours and 40 minutes (the westerly wind on the way back was a great help). Route 51 is an easy ride and I would recommend that you try it.