Cycle Sunday Ride Report - 11th November 2018

Three of us set off to do a bit of exploring in Ashridge. It was a sunny day and we saw Ashridge in all its autumn glory. We rode the Grand Union Canal path south to Horton Lock (where you always feel that you have to duck under the bridge). We left the canal path went over the bridge and cycled to Ivinghoe Aston.  Then came the hardest part of the ride; the ride up to the B489.  It is not a particularly steep hill just long. We turned right and then first left on the Beacon road and on up past the car parks on the left and then took the bridle path on the right.  Into the Ashridge estate the autumn colours were beautiful.  There were lots of walkers and dogs so we went slowly and appreciated the colours.  On reaching the Bridgewater Monument we went round past the café and took the path which leads to Aldbury (see photo). However where the Aldbury path goes down we continued on the higher path and followed the bridle path round towards Berkhamsted Common. This essentially is the Ashridge boundary path. It got a bit stickier after Coldharbour Farm but really good fun. We eventually arrived at the Berkhamsted to Ringshall road where we turned right then after 100 yards left to Aldbury.  It was superb going downhill into Aldbury. We rode through the village towards Tring Station but turned right towards Pitstone.  We crossed the roundabout through the business estate and turned right towards Pitstone.  At the next roundabout we went left under the railway and turned right towards Cheddington. We continues through Cheddington and on to Mentmore up the hill, turning right down the hill to Ledburn then right back to the Horton road where we took the bridle path under the by-pass past Tiddenfoot and back into town 27.4 miles which took us just over three hours and those autumn colours in Ashridge will stay with me a long time.