It is a circular family ride, following a mixture of National Cycle Network paths, off road tracks and some quiet county lanes between the city centre and the pleasant villages of Spondon and Ockbrook.
First part of my journey was the same as for the ride when I tried to reach the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station. But this time, when I turned left onto Station Road and kept going into Borrowash until I reached a T-junction with Nottingham Road, I took the left turn onto the A6005 and then next right onto Victoria Avenue, heading north. Here I need to mention I met a white horse who was really discontent with his rider and he showed a great dislike and stubborness. So I decided to cycle on the opposite side of the avenue.
Borrowash is a small village in Derbyshire, England, situated immediately east of the Derby city boundary, with Derby canal running just along it’s Southern edge.
I stayed on Victoria Avenue until I reached Ockbrook and came to a turn for Bakehouse Lane (left) and New Street (right). A drizzle started and I continued north-east on Flood Street until I reached the T-junction with Bare Lane. At the junction I turned left up the hill, and continued until I met Dale Road. Here I turned left onto Dale Road and followed it south until I reached Sancroft Road on my right. I took right turn onto Sancroft Road and continued along it until I reached the T-junction with Locko Road.
Ockbrook is an ancient village in Derbyshire, England. It is almost continuous with the village of Borrowash. Ockbrook lies about 8 km east of Derby.
I turned left onto Locko Road and headed south into Spondon. I continued south as the road changed to Church Street and then to Lodge Lane North. I crossed the A52 via a footbridge with extra-long steps. Then I reached roundabout with the A6005 and headed straight over the roundabout (second exit) and continued south on Station Road. I got over the railway level crossing and followed the road to the right.
Spondon is a 2000 year old village, dating back to Anglo Saxon times. In 1968 Spondon was absorbed into the city of Derby, although many residents still regards Spondon as a village.
I cycled along the road until I reached A5111 and joined the cycle to the left. Then I headed south-west besides the A5111 until I crossed over the River Derwent. Then I turned left and continued west along the cycle route, with the river on my right side. And finally reached my home.
In total I cycled for one hour and forty-six minutes and managed a distance of 23,3 km. And finally I have finished all the easy family rides (the green ones): 5 Parks Ride, Elvaston Castle, Kedleston Hall and Ockbrook.
Hmm.. I noticed it is possible to reach Nottingham via Ockbrook. Maybe I need to give a shot for this ride. 🙂