23 October 2016

23 Oct 2016: St Albans to Leighton Buzzard

A beautiful bright autumn day for our Sunday ride. First stop Cheddington - a slightly longer stretch than usual. We wriggled through the housing estates on the fringes of Hemel to descend Dodds Lane and then along passing Ringshall and through the woods of the Ashridge Estate. Down Tom's Hill we were soon heading north through Aldbury to Ivinghoe. A left in Cheddington
Jackie's Cafe Cheddington
brought us to the not easy to find mini industrial estate where Jackie's cafe is tucked away. It might not be in the most obvious location, but it seems to do a roaring trade with locals and it's easy to see why - that home made baking looked good. Cheap too. Highly recommended. 

Time was getting on when we left refreshed, so a shorter route to lunch seemed a good idea. Going north through Wing and Soulbury we encountered new roads not shown on my 20-year-old map. But we were soon in the pleasing old centre of Leighton Buzzard and the Swan Inn.  From here we headed back through Dagnal and Studham to a pause at the Hub in Redbourn. An enjoyable ride in perfect sunny weather.

Richard 23/10/2016    

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