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National Cycle Networks route 51 runs along the old Cambridge to Bedford railway route here.

National Cycle Networks route 51 runs along the old Cambridge to Bedford railway route here.

National Cycle Networks route 51 runs along the old Cambridge to Bedford railway route here.

National Cycle Networks route 51 runs though some housing near the old Cambridge to Bedford railway route here.

Old station building.

National Cycle Networks route 51 runs along the old Cambridge to Bedford railway route here. See #24671.

National Cycle Networks route 51 runs along the old Cambridge to Bedford railway route here.

National Cycle Networks route 51 runs along the old Cambridge to Bedford railway route here. See #24671.

National Cycle Networks route 51 runs along the old Cambridge to Bedford railway route here.

National Cycle Networks route 51 runs along the old Cambridge to Bedford railway route here. See #24671.

National Cycle Networks route 51 runs along the old Cambridge to Bedford railway route here.

National Cycle Networks route 51 runs along the old Cambridge to Bedford railway route here.

National Cycle Networks routes 12 and 51 run along the old Cambridge to Bedford railway route here.

National Cycle Networks routes 12 and 51 run along the old Cambridge to Bedford railway route here.

National Cycle Networks routes 12 and 51 run along the old Cambridge to Bedford railway route here.

National Cycle Networks routes 12 and 51 run along the old Cambridge to Bedford railway route here.

National Cycle Networks routes 12 and 51 (I think) through Sandy.

National Cycle Networks routes 12 and 51 (I think) through Sandy.

National Cycle Networks routes 12 and 51 (I think) through Sandy.

National Cycle Networks routes 12 and 51 (I think) through Sandy.

National Cycle Networks routes 12 and 51 (I think) through Sandy.

National Cycle Networks routes 12 and 51 (I think) through Sandy.

National Cycle Networks routes 12 and 51 (I think) through Sandy.

National Cycle Networks routes 12 and 51 (I think) through Sandy.

National Cycle Networks routes 12 and 51 (I think) through Sandy.

National Cycle Networks routes 12 and 51 (I think) through Sandy.

National Cycle Networks routes 12 and 51 (I think) through Sandy.

National Cycle Networks routes 12 and 51 (I think) through Sandy.

National Cycle Networks routes 12 and 51 (I think) through Sandy.

National Cycle Networks routes 12 and 51 (I think) through Sandy.

National Cycle Networks routes 12 and 51 (I think) through Sandy.

National Cycle Networks routes 12 and 51 (I think) through Sandy.

Sandy

Signs to Girtford and Bedford in Sandy

Sandy

Cycle route weaves through Sandy

Toucan crosing in Sandy with a virtually invisible bollard.

Sandy

Leaving Sandy on Cambridge Road

Entering Sandy on Cambridge Road

No vehicles – I think they're forgetting bicycles here!

Sand Land, Sandy, Beds.

Sand Lane

Sand Lane heading towards Sandy, Beds.

Approaching turn on right to Sandy.

Everton Road on a cycle ride from Cambridge to Bedford

A pub in Everton.

Entering Everton.

Drove Road bypassing Gamlingay

Grand Union Canal in Leighton Buzzard

Nicely placed

NCR 6 from Stanbridge to Dunstable - hard tarmac at this end, but over-grown bushes and loose stone chippings are more suitable to MTB riders the closer you get to Dunstable. Clearing up after the horses is more of a concern.

Contraflow cycle lane on Church Road, Linslade. Forms part of the route connecting the town centre in Leighton Buzzard to the railway station. The rest of the contraflow is unmarked on the road but is indicated by a traffic sign.

Leighton Buzzard in the snow!

Uncovered bike stands for seven bikes. It would be for eight if they hadn't put a giant flower pot so close.

Good bridleway towards Guilden Morden

Covered bike parking behind the visitor centre.

You are never far from water on NCN51

No problem at these "barriers"

Underpass under Barford Road

Well surfaced and popular section of cycle path.

Nice, well surfaced stretch of cycle track west of Blunham.

Perverse switchback at Station Road, Blunham. The path goes 30m along the road in one direction before changing its mind and heading back the opposite way. It SHOULD just carry on, straight across the road on top of the old railway emban ... [more]

Rough stone surface on the approach to Station Road in Blunham. Not suitable for cycle paths which should be smooth and sealed.

The River Ivel, looking rather overgrown in the summer. This was once a navigation, continuing south and west as far as Flitwick, now used only by anglers and canoeists.

Old rail bridge over the River Ivel at South Mills

Shame about the surface on this otherwise excellent path. Grit and water are not a good combination for bike chains or presentable clothing.

No problems at this barrier. Shame about the surface. Grit and water are not a good combination for bike chains or presentable clothing.

Start of the Bedford-Sandy cycle path

Bridge under the A1

St Neots Road links with the High Street. Both are traffic calmed and fine for reasonably confident cyclists in most conditions.

Turn right here into Pym's Way and Cottage Road to reach the path under the A1 and onto the Sandy-Bedford cycle path

Keep a keen eye out for the Bedford sign as it is hidden behind a tree. The path straight ahead links back to Sandy town centre via Pym's Way and St Neots Street.

Awkward afterthought of a dropped kerb. Really could have been done better.

Uncontrolled crossing. Badly placed bollards. These push users into conflict with each other rather than seperating them.

A bit narrow, with very poor visibility to the paths on the left. The cycle and pedestrian sections unaccountably swap sides at this point. Wouldn't it be better if the path were just unsegregated ?

Bit of an awkward corner on an otherwise reasonable path.

Cycle path links cul de sacs

Toucan crossing

Road closure with gap and toucan crossing

Cambridge Road, closed to traffic but open to cyclists and walkers where it crosses the rail line.

Sandy High Street is a 20 mph zone, reinforced with speed humps

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Novelty cycle parking in Biggleswade Town Centre (see also #20090)

Novelty cycle parking in Biggleswade town centre (see also #20091)

Excellent shared use subway linking Stotfold to Letchworth under the busy A507. Shame about the unncessary railings.

Bridleways west of Potton

Mill Lane, Potton (approximate location)

Bridleway opposite The Lodge (RSPB headquarters) - the sign says that pedestrians are welcome but that car parking is now at the far end of the bridleway. No mention of cycling.

Cycle parking at the gatehouse of RSPB headquarters - for the shop and visitor information.

The Lodge (RSPB headquarters) - plenty of staff car parking, but only a little cycle parking, tucked away at the rear, despite easy access from Sandy.

Staff cycle parking at The Lodge (RSPB headquarters)

(approximate position) bridleway through The Lodge (RSPB headquarters)

Attractive bridleway south to Biggleswade Common

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