Ride described clockwise, as this provides best canter opportunities, but can be ridden either way. No gates on full route but two on the option to shorten or split the ride.
This route is mostly on field headlands and farm tracks with several grassy canters. There is about 2 miles of roadwork on the full route, rather more if the route is split into two rides, on generally quiet lanes as described.
Swineshead is to the east of the village of Pertenhall which is approximately 12 miles north of Bedford. The Kimbolton Road, B660 takes you straight from Bedford to Pertenhall, then take the road to Swineshead. Continue through Swineshead and the next road on the right leads to Upper Dean. Parking is available with advance notice at High Street Farm, Upper Dean.
This circular route starts and ends at High Street Farm, Upper Dean
Length: 13 miles (21 km)
These routes have been produced by Bedford Borough Council.