Cycle Sunday Ride Report - 25th November 2018

Five riders set off on an overcast morning to cycle some of the lovely lanes and tracks to the north-east of Leighton Buzzard. We took the Riverside Path to Plantation road at the end of the road across the crossroads and up Bragenham lane.  The surface has been restored and this lane has great views to the west. 

 At the end of the lane we turned right to Great Brickhill and in the village went right, up the hill, past the school and continued on the road to Little Brickhill.  We turned right to the roundabout and left across the A5 and then left again taking the second bridle path on the left.  This path goes through the Woburn Golf course and is always a pleasure to ride. 

The photo was taken at the end of the path where we turned right and downhill past Sandy Lane and on the gentle downhill to the Woburn/ Woburn Sands road. 

Turning right we continued for 50 yards before turning left towards Apsley Guise.  Half-way along the lane we turned right to Birchmoor farm and at the farm right again on the bridle path which goes past some beautiful cottages built by the Duke of Bedford in the late 19th century.  

On one of the cottages are these brilliant signs. It puts a smile on your face. We re-joined the Woburn/ Woburn Sands road and went left through Woburn and continued on the road towards Hockcliffe.  At the top of the rise we turned right to Potsgrove.  This is one of my favourite lanes with its great views and in this direction a thrilling downhill. 

We turned left at the junction down to the Flying Fox roundabout, and took the Heath and Reach road.  At the top of the hill we turned left into Overend Green lane which is another lovely lane to ride. Be careful on the road to Heath and Reach as the 40 mph signs appear to have little effect on some drivers and the impatience of drivers when overtaking makes this short stretch of road one where concentration has to be at its maximum.  

At the end of Overend Green lane we turned left, down the hill and then right towards Leighton Buzzard and back into town via Vandyke road.  The ride took us two hours and we covered 19.3 miles.  We had some lovely lanes to ride and whilst there are a few hills to climb it had some great views along the route.