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Dyson Cycles. A good place to stop for spares, repairs and accessories.

Bennetts Rec shared path entrance from Icknield Street

Bennetts Rec shared path

Bennetts Rec shared path

Kirkby Road to Meadway shared path

Bennetts Rec shared path entrance from Kirkby Road.

Meadway shared path with cars blocking

Meadway shared path

Meadway to Kirby Road shared path.

New A5 Dunstable Northern Bypass Bridge that is effectively a big u-turn on a path to nowhere.

A5 cycle path north of Dunstable

End of path from A1 footbridge (see nearby photos for barriers) at Tempsford, opposite Station Road.

New covered double-decker cycle parking at Sandy station.

There doesn't appear to be any cycle parking at the small stations along the Marston Vale line.

There doesn't appear to be any cycle parking at the small stations along the Marston Vale line.

Level crossing at Aspley Guise station.

Aspley Lane

End of a public footpath - basically the edge of a field we pushed our bikes along.

Bridleway

Barrier at the end of this road then its a dirt track.

Quiet alternative route (if you don't mind a muddy bridleway)

Using quiet lanes to avoid the busy Woburn Sands to Woburn road as much as possible.

Using quiet lanes to avoid the busy Woburn Sands to Woburn road as much as possible.

Unexpected bit of cycleway signage in Aspley Guise. This area is hillier than we're used to riding.

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]

Cut-through in Potton - unknown to any of the online maps.

Cut-through in Potton - unknown to any of the online maps. Dropped kerb needed.

Cut-through to Church Causeway, Potton

Church Causeway, Potton - paved and lit.

Church Causeway, Potton - one of those public footpaths that's paved and (in part) used by cars.

Old Bedford Road pretty quickly turns into a bridleway

There's a cycle stand at each end of Potton Library. And that's about it for the village.

Junction of new bridleways on the edge of Potton

A public bridleway has been created alongside the road from Sutton to Potton - this looks like a lovely beautiful bluebell wood.

A public bridleway has been created alongside the road from Sutton to Potton.

A public bridleway has been created alongside the road from Sutton to Potton.

A public bridleway has been created alongside the road from Sutton to Potton.

Good permeability spoilt by uncontrolled parking - cycles and buggies could get by, wheelchairs couldn't.

Poor link from housing development to bridleway - dropped kerb needed

Bridleway from housing development to new school - this needs improving for cycling.

Dropped kerbs needed at the entry to this new school, with no obvious cycle parking.

Bridleway beside new school - this needs improving for cycling to school

Route past new school to housing development

Route to new school and housing development

It's not signed, but this is a much more direct route from central Biggleswade to the Potton road than the main road for cars.

Road closure and cycle parking on the edge of central Biggleswade

Footpath to Biggleswade station from the east - could this be widened for cycle access?

Access to Biggleswade station from the east side

Cycle track parallel to the East Coast Main Line

Bridge across Biggleswade station (no ticket barriers) to cycle routes on the east side of the railway. There should probably be cycle parking on this side too?

Nicely angled stands at Biggleswade station - but I wonder if this is actually enough nowadays?

Covered cycle parking at Biggleswade station - dropped kerbs would help.

Bridleway from Biggleswade towards Sandy (the RSPB's headquarters at The Lodge are on top of the hill)

Bridleway towards Biggleswade

Entry to Biggleswade Common

Bridleway across Biggleswade Common

Bit of a roller-coaster ride on the bridleway from Biggleswade Common to Sandy!

Map showing the bridleway ahead to The Lodge (the RSPB headquarters)

Route from Sandy station to the RSPB headquarters and Biggleswade

Cut-through near Sandy station - used by the Greensand Cycleway Ed: I've used this photo to update OSM: http://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/30360116

There's no information on the Greensand Cycleway - how does it connect with the Sustrans NCN routes? Should it be on OpenCycleMap?

Shared-use footway between the new Tesco and Sandy station

Routes to schools in Sandy

Road closure and crossing on NCN route 12 just north of central Sandy

Road closure and cossing on NCN route 12 leading to central Sandy.

A pleasant route for NCN route 12 through northern Sandy

NCN route 12 leading to a zebra crossing (with Cyclists Dismount sign)

NCN route 12 leading to a zebra crossing (Cyclists Dismount sign in the other direction only)

Right into the car park and then left.

NCN route 12 turns left after these barriers - too tight for trailers.

NCN route 12 turns right here on the paved route

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.

Surely they've got their traffic-calming the wrong way round? The aim is to slow traffic coming IN to the village. And where's the cycle bypass?

New (2013) memorial to the RAF's Special Duties squadrons and the agents they flew in to the German-occupied continent in World War II

The Kingfisher Way along the Ivel is a footpath - better that way, I think

Cycle route on the original Tempsford bypass, with the current A1 dual-carriageway to the west.

Roman road south from the Tempsford road

Roman road north from the Tempsford road

Asphalt surface on the Roman road

Junction of bridleways (Roman road straight ahead)

Stupid anti bike gates on the Luton Dunstable busway. There are lots in many locations along this 3m wide cycle path.

One of the several really annoying anti bike gates on the busway cycle path. How is someone meant to get through these. Fortunately possible but not easy.

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