Cycle Sunday Ride Report - 17th November 2019

On a cold grey morning with not a breath of wind four riders set off to ride two of my favourite bridle paths to the south of the town. We started via Parsons Close, Grovebury Road, Blackbridge Path and Tiddenfoot lake to go under the by-pass and at the road, crossed and cycled to Ledburn. We continued through Ledburn and turned left at Mentmore crossroads. 

At the corner we turned right to Crafton and followed the road to the left until it ends and continues on a bridle path. It is now very muddy at the beginning but only for a few yards. I love this bridle path as it winds through the woods, slightly downhill, until it emerges with a superb view of Cheddington Hill and Ivinghoe Beacon. We followed the track left then the tarmac back to the gates on the Mentmore/ Cheddington road. 

Turning right we cycled the straight road past the magnificent variety of trees on both sides of the road. At the double roundabout we went across into Cheddington and rode through the village until we came to the bridge with the traffic lights. We turned on to the canal path just before the bridge and cycled towards Marsworth (see photo).  We left the canal path at the bridge with the sign to the Red Lion (but not before Brian had taken a photograph of a dumped fridge). 

Cycling through Marsworth we went left at the junction and on to Pitstone, then Ivinghoe. Here we went on the one way road past the Rose and Crown and turning right up to the second bridle path which is one of the best in the area. We cycled through the woods to Ivinghoe Aston. 

Crossing the road we continued on this path which goes to Edlesborough but this part of the path is open with views up to Ivinghoe Beacon. At the church we crossed the road and rode to Eaton Bray where we turned left. Through the village we turned left to Great Billington. At the next junction we turned left to the bottom of the hill where we turned right. Yes there is a final hill in this ride and the one in Great Billington is always a test. 

Once over the top we went back to the by-pass and across into town. It was a ride of 22 miles which took us two hours and twenty minutes of lovely trees and two superb paths.