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NCN 12: Sandy, Bedfordshire Double scaffold & concrete post chicane. This is used by both cyclists and pedestrians. The gap space allowed is barely 1 metre in each barrier. The two sets of barriers are too close to each other. An unloa ... [more]

Lots of permeability and connectivity in this part of Sandy

NCN 51 and NCN12 leading towards the centre of Sandy (cars go a much longer way around).

For those who preferred to stay on the road rather than cross to the shared-use footway, a right-turn refuge has been provided here so there's no need to go around the roundabout.

Cyclists on NCN 51 should cross the road here to use the footway under the A1. It might be simpler just to use the road.

Mystifying cycle lane on this dead-end route - in fact NCN51 turns sharp right to follow an off-road route under the A1.

Farm road on the former Sandy-Bedford railway route leading to the A1 bridge (in the distance)

Unpaved surface leading to bridges on the Bedford to Sandy railway route

NCN route 51 climbs to regain the Bedford-Sandy railway route.

Unpaved section of NCN route 51 - only short but still surprising.

NCN51 turns 180 degrees here - so one sign suffices for both directions.

Cycle lanes on the very short stretch of this road shared with NCN51.

The actual route of the Sandy to Bedford railway was in the cutting immediately to the right/north - the cycleway is presumably on drier land.

The old Sandy to Bedford railway route taking a kink around a missing bridge.

Junction of NCN routes 12 and 51 with the old Sandy-Bedford railway route

NCN routes 12 and 51 heading down to the old Sandy-Bedford railway route

Very short section of shared-use route before the Cyclists Dismount sign at Great Barford bridge.

Cyclists are supposed to dismount and and wheel their bikes across Great Barford bridge - or use the road, of course, but beware that the one-way lights might change before you're across.

Cyclists on the very short section of shared-use route before the Cyclists Dismount sign at Great Barford bridge.

Redundant Sustrans sign - NCN routes 12 and 51 follow the old Sandy-Bedford railway line just to the south.

Upper Shelton route NCN51 turns to the left here.

Cranfield Road entering Upper Shelton

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 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 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.

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

Signage for NCN routes 12 and 51, Sandy.

Non trailer bike friendly barrier on NCR 51 in Sandy. Can't get through without dismounting and uncoupling

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