Hermit’s Trail takes you from Derby city centre along the River Derwent to Sandiacre returning via the historic Dale Abbey and Hermit’s cave. The route is circular and uses a mixture of National Cycle Network paths, roads and off-road tracks.
Well, I did this cycle route backwards. So I started from the Riverside Gardens, and followed the cycle path downstream along the River Derwent. When I reached Pride Park Stadium, I crossed the river, and cycled through Chaddesden Park. Soon I reached the traffic-free route.
If I may suggest, do not try the challenging routes after or during the rain. I passed by Locko Park and the Lake, and dropped in the Locko Park Estate. It’s a private property so I was asked to leave it very soon. 😀
The name Locko is derived partly from the old French ‘loques’, meaning rags and in the 13th Century there was a hospital for lepers built by the order of St. Lazarus, behind the house you see today.
I continued forward until I crossed Dale Road (A 6096). Now I cycled through the Hermit’s Wood, along the sandstone rock. I noticed a sign to Hermit’s Cave, so I decided to have a look. I locked my bike, and climbed up the hill.
The cave was inhabited by a Derby baker who had a vision and was compelled to abandon his worldly goods and live as a recluse in his hermitage. His cave was enlarged in the 18th century by Sir Robert Burdett, who entertained in it.
Afterwards I continued to cycle forward. On my way I visited Dale Abbey, Stanton by Dale and Sandiacre. In Sandiacre there was a really nice cycle route along the city canal. I returned to Derby through Borrowash. I just let the National Cycle Network No. 6 to take me home. And once again I saw the wonderful Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station. Eventually I cycled upstream along the River Derwent.
In total I cycled for three hours and eleven minutes and managed a distance of 41,9 km. My average speed was 13,1 km per hour and maximum – 31,3 km per hour.
It seems I need to take a rest from cycling, my knee has started to protest against my way of life! 😀