On Sunday, after the choir rehearsal, I decided to test myself on cycle endurance – so I cycled from Derby to Burton upon Trent (also known as Burton-on-Trent or simply Burton). I left home at 3 p.m. and returned at 8 p.m. My cycle time was 3 hours and forty-eight minutes. I managed a distance of 55 km. My average speed was 14,4 km per hour and maximum – 34,4 km per hour.
For my journey I chose National Cycle Network No. 54. I started from the centre of Derby. The route slowly rose up to the highest point of Mickleover, where it joins with the former Great Northern Railway line, now a cycle track. Here I noticed a sign of the Pennine Cycleway (known as National Cycle Network No. 68).
The Pennine Cycleway takes in some of the most spectacular yet remote countryside in the country and is a challenging but stunning ride along the length of the ‘Spine of England’, it is also England’s longest leisure cycle-route with 80% on quiet lanes and minor roads and 20% on traffic free trails.
Hmm, maybe the next year we could cycle for libraries from Derby to Berwick upon Tweed? 😀
In less than two hours I reached Burton upon Trent. It’s a small town straddling the River Trent in the east of Staffordshire, England. After a short visit of the city (and also the library, of course!), I headed back to Derby.
On my way back I met some cyclists and riders, and also dogs who had their evening walk. 🙂