Distance - 13 miles
The chalk hills of south Bedfordshire, which offer many fine views over the surrounding countryside, are the setting for this short ride.
The ride starts from the Sundon Hills Country Park. Turn left outside the gate, left again in ¾ mile at Sundon and still keeping left, follow the road to Streatley and Sharpenhoe. Go down the steep 1 in 8 hill with care, passing Sharpenhoe Clappers on the right.
At the bottom of the hill turn right for Barton, crossing the A6 view a bridge. In Barton turn right at the Royal Oak, and then left up a one way street turning left again towards Hexton, which is about a 1 ½ mile ride. At Hexton take the right turn to Lilley. From the top of the hill the view to the left is of Telegraph Hill which lies on the Icknield Way.
In just over a mile take the right turn to Streatley. Take care crossing the A6, and follow the signs back to the Sundon Hills Country Park.1
Places to Visit
Sundon Hills Country Park is an attractive Chalk downland site. Picnic Areas, Walks and Car Park with impressive views over the vast stretch of unspoilt countryside.
Sharpenhoe Clappers was originally an Iron Age Hill Fort. It is now owned by the National Trust, and open for the public to explore and enjoy the superb views. Car Park.
Hexton has an unusual combination of a village pump, signpost and street light