Cycle Sunday Ride Report - 1st December 2019

This Sunday there were just two riders who set off from the market cross to ride to Bow Brickhill. It was cold and the Christmas Fayre was just getting going in the High Street as we took the Riverside Path and Plantation Road to the start of Bragenham Lane. This is a steady climb up to Green Lane where we turned right for Great Brickhill. Do not rush along this road, admire the view to your left. 

In Great Brickhill we went on the Little Brickhill Road up the hill past the school and turned right at the white house in Green End. This track goes past the horse farm and left into Duncombe Woods. Just before the woods there was a male Great Spotted Woodpecker with its red nape. The track through the woods is lovely, not muddy, with all those autumn colours and a muntjac deer crossing our path. At the end of the wood we turned right and there was another muntjac deer. 

We cycled to the roundabout in Little Brickhill and crossed the dual carriageway taking the road left towards the golf club. After a hundred yards there is a bridle path on the left which goes through the golf club and comes out at the top of the hill in Bow Brickhill where I took the photo. We then cycled down the hill into Bow Brickhill, slowing to look at the wonderful carved memorial on April Cottage near the bottom which commemorates the anger of the villagers to the sale of the common land by the vicar and church warden in 1844. We turned left towards Milton Keynes and at the roundabout right over the railway then left into Caldecote Business Park, right at the roundabout and took the first left on the cycle path to Caldecote Lake. We went left round the lake and took the path under the dual carriage way and round to the entrance to Dobbies. Crossing the road we went into the Rugby Club over the bridge following the path immediately left after the bridge round the pitches to Waterhall Park. 

We followed the path with the river on our left all the way to Water Eaton. In Water Eaton we crossed the canal bridge, went over the roundabout and continued along Lomond Drive. At the end of the road we went left through the traffic lights, then first left to pick up the cycle track opposite and then crossing the busy Bletchley road to the bridle path on the other side. Since I last rode this the gates have been removed which has much improved the ride. When the track meets the road we went left and straight on along the concrete road. At the end of the concrete we turned right and then left, going through the gate and up the hill (though in reality there are three) to Soulbury. In Soulbury we turned right and followed the road through the village and past the Victorian cattle trough, across the by-pass and back to Linslade. That last short incline up to 40 mph limit is a short tough climb. 

Once in Linslade we rode downhill back to the town centre. We had covered 20.3 miles in just under 2 hours which given the cold, the hills and age of the riders is a wonder to average 10 mph.