Yesterday was my first cycling day since 2008. It was a spontaneous idea without a real plan where to cycle. So I started my trip from Riverside Gardens in the city centre of Derby and followed the cycle path downstream (south) along the River Derwent towards Pride Park Stadium. I came along the river path, under the large road bridge and passed Pride Park Stadium. Then continued on along the riverbank towards Alvaston Park and took a short ride around the lake (it has an island in the middle). Afterwards I got back on the riverside path, continuing downstream again and passed by BMX Track. Eventually I took a turn to Alvaston, followed the Harvey Road towards Allenton and passed through Osmaston Park. It was getting dark already, so I headed back towards Derby via Portland Street, Pear Tree Road and Normanton Road.
In total I cycled for one hour and managed a distance of 10 km. I need to admit the riverside path is really attractive place for cycling. And next time, when choosing the riverside path, I should also visit Elvaston Castle.
Here are some ideas for the next trips:
Burton-Upon-Trent to Derby, 26 km, difficulty level **
Derby to Nottingham, 30 km, difficulty level *
Derby to Matlock, 35 km, difficulty level ***
Derby to Ashbourne, 35 km, difficulty level ***
Derby to Loughborough, 40 km, difficulty level **
Hucknall – Derby – Hucknall, 90 km, difficulty level ****
But first, it seems I need to take a look at shorter distances! 😀