After two hours spent in choir rehearsal and one hour spent on my way back to Derby, the weather on Sunday got better and better. Even the sun invited me to come out. So I decided to finish one of the easy family rides – Kedleston Hall which I started the previous time. But this time I cycled during the daylight.
I reached Markeaton Park where the cycle route starts. And after I reached Markeaton Lane I took the right turn towards Kedleston Hall – it’s a small unmarked road. I followed this road in a north-west direction. After a while it became a dirt track. I’m glad that I didn’t continue this road during the dusk the other day. There were several moments I thought I will get stuck in the mud too deep. Who could guess that in 15-20 minutes of cycle I would reach a countryside.
I reached a junction with another track and I took turn to the right and followed the track north-east until I reached its end, at Kedleston Road. Finally a normal road surfacing! I turned left and followed Kedleston Road until I reached main entrance to Kedleston Park.
I turned left into Kedleston Park and cycled for a while. I crossed the stone bridge to the Y-junction. And visited Kedleston Hall. Afterwards I returned back to the Y-junction and took the left hand fork, not going over the stone bridge. And headed north-west until I reached the stone portal at the North-West entrance.
I got out the portal and turned left onto Mercaston Lane. I followed the lane until I reached Lodge Lane on my left. But since I didn’t want to return to the dirt track, I followed Lodge Lane until I reached Ashbourne Road (A52) and turned left. Now I just needed to head forward until I reach Derby. On my way back to Derby I noticed a very nice church on my left – All Saints Church. I’m really happy about my ride – I enjoyed all the ups and downs.
In total I cycled for two hours and managed a distance of 21 km. Three easy family rides (5 Parks Ride, Elvaston Castle and Kedleston Hall) suggested by Cycle Derby are done. And there is one left – Ockbrook.