Beds Cycle Routes 6 - St Neots Riverside

Bedfordshire Cycle Routes 6 - St Neots Riverside Park

This circular ride through the open landscape of north-east Bedfordshire, passes through several small settlements and visits Bushmead Priory and St Neots with its attractive riverside park.

How To Get There By Car

Bedford is located on the junction of the A6, A421 and A428, about 15 miles north-east of Milton Keynes and 18 miles north of Luton. It is around 40 miles north of London and is reached via the A421, from junction 13 of the M1 motorway.
There are various car parks in Bedford town centre.

How To Get There By Public Transport

BY BUS - Telephone Bedfordshire Bus Information Line : 01234 228337, 8.30am – 5pm open 5 days a week or Travel Line 0870 6082608.
BY TRAIN – For timetable information, please telephone National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950.

Access and General Information

Distance: 26 miles

Route Description

Leave Bedford on the B660 Kirnbolton Road, and after about 1½ miles turn right at the roundabout along Wentworth Drive. After about 1 mile turn left at the roundabout, foIlowing Hookhams Lane to Salph End. Bear right and follow the road to Wilden. At the T-junction in Wilden, turn right and follow this lane, for 1 mile before turning left up Channel's End Road., signposted to Colmworth. Follow this road for 1½ miles, until you reach a T- junction.
Turn right at the T- junction and in just over a mile turn left to Honeydon. In Honeydon take a sharp left turn to Staploe. Follow this lane to the T- junction and turn right, and then take the next left at Chestnut Cottage for the hamlets of Staploe and Duloe.
After Duloe the road passes under the A1 and comes up to meet the old Great North Road.
Go straight across and drop down to the main road and turn left for St. Neots. At the roundabout take the turning on the right into Riverside Park.
For the return journey reverse the route as far as Duloe, but then take the next left to Bushmead. Turn right at the T-junction signposted to Staploe, and keep on this road for 3 miles to Bushmead crossroads.
Bushmead Priory is well worth exploring. To do so, turn right at the crossroads and right again along a track to the priory. To carry on the journey return to the crossroads and continue straight on to Colmworth and Wilden. At the T- junction turn right and ride through Wilden, following the lane to Ravensden. Carry on through, before an exhilarating descent to Salph End.

Places to Visit

St. Neots Riverside Park has a cafe, picnic tables, boating, walks, childrens playground etc.
Bushmead Priory is a medieval refectory of an Augustinian priory, with a rare timber-frame roof. Limited opening times.