Cycle ride around historical engineering works in Bedfordshire, Bedford

1 October, 2017 | 08:45 - 16:00

Venue address:

Ashburnham Road Car Park
Ashburnham Road
MK40 1DW
United Kingdom
The start of a previous ride from Bedford in 2005.
The start of a previous ride from Bedford in 2005.

About this event

The ride proper starts with views of Town Bridge and County Bridge in Bedford.

It then follows the cycleway east on the south side of the river and along the dismantled railway line to Priory Park, where it makes a diversion south towards Cardington to see Smeaton's Bridge and a distant view of the airship sheds at Cardington.

The route then rejoins the cycleway at Priory Park, and continues east past Willington to Blunham to view two bridges, one showing early use of cast iron beams.

The route then heads west over Great Barford Bridge, north west through Great Barford then north west on country roads to Thurleigh and Milton Ernest Water Tower. The entire 1900t water tower was moved 247m in 1953 to permit extension of the technology park. Care is needed on the descent into Milton Ernest and crossing of the A6. The route continues over Felmersham bridge through Odell to Harrold Bridge. There will be a stop for lunch either at a pub in Milton Ernest or at the Natural Kitchen snack bar at the far end of the Harrold Odell country park.

The ride turns south through Carlton to the east end of Stevington for a view of Stevington Windmill, then continues south east to Bromham for a view of Bromham bridge and mill. From Bromham the road into Bedford is busier but there are cycleways which link in to a signed route to connect with the tow path back to the centre of Bedford.

Participants should bring their own bicycle and take part at their own risk.

Details of most of the structures to be visited are given in "Civil Engineering Heritage: Eastern & Central England" by E A Labrum, Thomas Telford, first published 1994, reprinted 1998, ISBN 07277 1970 X


For more detailed instructions and to confirm intent to join the ride, please contact:

Peter Blair-Fish

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