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Yesterday I re-found my connection with Apollo Fever. We had a beautiful ride to Weston-on-Trent and Aston-on-Trent. Actually it is one of the intermediate level cycle routes offered by Cycle Derby which I found in Derby City Library.

Weston is a small rural village situated on the Trent and Mersey Canal. It contains a few buildings of historical interest and a couple of pubs.

Aston is a historical village dating back to at least 1086, which is its earliest recorded entry in the documentary book. It is a thriving village with good amenities including post office, shop, two pubs, two churches, school and sport ground.

I started my ride from the Riverside Gardens at the rear of the Council House and went down the River Derwent keeping the river to my left. I followed the cycle path until I reached Alvaston Park and turned right at the sign for National Cycle Network No. 6 to Swakerstone (a village and civil parish in Derbyshire). And I followed the cycle route.

Just a beautiful day: canal path, poppies and me

Here I realized how easy it was to follow our leader (the pathfinder Mace) without thinking which turn you should choose. I’m glad I managed to read the map, even though I needed to stop several times. I crossed several bridges, took a mixture of off-road routes along National Cycle Network paths and some quite roads.  The ride was mainly flat, but there were short sections of steep hilliness.

I had a short break at the Moorbridge Riding Stables (a riding school in Swarkestone) where I did some calls to all of my friends I miss so much. Yes, I called you, you, you and even you.. 🙂

Moorbridge Riding Stables

The weather was amazingly good and warm. So when I returned back to the cross-road where I needed to decide to take my way back to Derby or prolong my adventure, I decided to do the second option. So I turned onto National Cycle Network No. 66 and cycled to Mickleover (a suburb of Derby) via Sinfin (a southern suburb of Derby, but historically it was a separate village) and Littleover (a suburb of Derby), where I visited my exile Latvian friends who were hungry for stories of Cycling for Libraries. Tomorrow I’m going to have a coffee morning at their place, so will be busy and having a good time.

The cross-road: National Cycle Network No. 66 and 6

Oh, by the way I visited Mickleover Library and it is situated on a really interesting road – Holly End Road.

Mickleover Library

In total I cycled for three hours and twenty-three minutes and managed a distance of 47,8 km. My average speed was 14,1 km per hour and maximum – 29,1 km per hour. Not to confuse you – I started my adventure shortly after 2 p.m. and I returned home only after 10 p.m.

P.S. I wonder will I ever stop dreaming of Cycling for Libraries.
P.S.S. What are your plans for Midsummer?


What a beautiful day! I had the usual a walk in the city centre – it is worth to see Derby Cathedral, Town Hall, and the River Derwent there. After the city walk I did an intermediate level ride – the Mackworth Castle ride.

The Mackworth Castle ride is taking you from Markeaton Park to Kedleston Hall with an option to visit Mackworth Village. The ride contains several gentle climbs and follows a mixture of off-road tracks and country lanes.

I wouldn’t agree that all the climbs were gentle. There is one which is really steep and hard to do. 😀 But I need to admit the off-road tracks and country lanes are fun to do in case if the ground is dry. Well, even though I managed to fall of the bike, it was fun. It is a great challenge to ride on uneven ground, full of surprises.

Today it was really hot – almost 30 degrees Celsius and no wind. It’s an inquisition to cycle in such a condition. I wonder what the weather will be like in the end of May and beginning of June.

In total I cycled for one hour and fifty minutes and managed a distance of 27 km. My average speed was 14 km per hour and maximum – 43 km per hour.

Well, I’ll finish my day with a kneading a dough and baking something nice. Tomorrow I’m going to visit my friends in Birmingham. I’m looking forward to a thrilling Easter!