Cycle Sunday Ride Report - 8th December 2019

There was a cold south westerly wind as three of us set off from the market cross at 10.30 am to ride the lane between Toddington and Tingrith. We went along Vandyke Road/ Eastern Way and at the end of the road turned left up the hill and then right at the top of the hill into Overend Green Lane. 

Where the lane meets the Heath and Reach road we turned right to the Flying Fox roundabout, across the roundabout and up Sheep Lane. We took the first turn right to Potsgrove and benefited from a tail wind up the hill. At the Woburn road we turned right past the Paris House restaurant and then left to Milton Bryan. We took the first right and followed the road down the hill and along to Toddington. In the village we turned left on to Long Lane which has a long downhill then uphill to Tingrith. We turned right and at the next bend went straight on, on the bridleway. 

This track goes to Eversholt where we went left then right, past the church and on to the left turn to Froxfield. Another up hill (and down) brought us to the Woburn Deer Park. It is shameful that 25 deer have been killed by cars this year (10 more than last year). We cycled to Woburn with a very strong cross wind and in a wood on the left I saw a white deer. In Woburn there was a requirement for a coffee at the Black Lion (see photo) after which we continued on the road towards Woburn Sands. We do not often take the road and after today I remembered why. The overtaking by the cars was disgraceful, not waiting for on-coming traffic and squeezing by with less than the recommended one and half metres. 

We turned left towards Woburn Golf Club and cycled past Wavenden Heath on the right and then left past the golf club entrance. At the junction we went right, crossed over the A5 and at the roundabout in Little Brickhill we took the A5 path south until the bridleway sign pointing right to Rammamere Farm. This proved to be the trickiest part of the ride as the track after the farm through the woods has become very muddy and required careful riding (but was great fun). We headed right through Rushmere then back into town via Plantation Road and Riverside Walk. 

This is a 26.5 mile ride which we completed in two hours and forty minutes. One of our rider’s gizmo showed that we had climbed 482 metres. You are never too old to get out on your bike and enjoy our glorious countryside.