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After the Sunday’s exhausting ride, I decided to have a walk to the Darley Abbey. I didn’t want to forget how it is to have a simple walk, so yesterday I started my walk from Riverside Gardens in the city centre of Derby. It was a little funny, I just used the cycle path upstream (north) along the River Derwent, crossed the old railway bridge and walked along the river until I reached the Darley Abbey. Here I crossed the river and returned to Derby.

The walk along the river

I had a wonderful, slow walk through the parks I used to cycle. I spent two amazing hours and had a chance to listen to the bird songs.

If some days ago it was really hot (+30 degrees Celsius), then yesterday it was only +12,8 degrees Celsius. I took a Derby Cycle Map, got dressed a little warmer than usual and went out for a ride.

I started my trip from Riverside Gardens in the city centre of Derby, and followed the cycle path upstream (north) along the River Derwent. In the beginning I was using the National Cycle Network No. 6, and afterwards – the National Cycle Network No. 54. Then I decided to reach the Derby Orbital Route (National Cycle Network No. 66). While I was cycling I noticed a really beautiful object, so I captured it.

A beautiful scrap

I was on my way to the National Cycle Network No. 66 when I saw a really tempting sign to the National Cycle Network No. 672. So I strayed of my direction and continued to cycle along the off-road route.

The off-road route - National Cycle Network No. 672

Eventually I decided to reach the National Cycle Network No. 66 for the second time. The main goal was to reach Oakwood and afterwards – Spondon. On my way to Oakwood I enjoyed the last springtime fun – the pink carpet of blossoms.

The springtime carpet

I didn’t have my water bottle with me, so I was really thirsty (I didn’t even thought I would have such a long stretch). Luckily I reached a place of civilization – Ockwood. So I bought a bottle of water at Chad Booze. What a joy, besides beers’n’spirits they had even water!

Chad Booze

Finally I reached the National Cycle Network No. 66. I passes through Chaddesden Park and noticed that right beside the park there is also Chaddesden Library (a branch of Derby City Library).

Chaddesden Library

I cycled ahead until I reached Spondon. Now I needed to get back to Derby, and I used the same way as during the Ockbrook ride. When I crossed the A52 via the footbridge, I noticed that the junction under the bridge leads to several places: Spondon, Ilkeston, Nottingham, Ockbrook and Long Eaton.

Spondon Methodist Church

On my way back to Derby I took the last stretch through Alvaston Park. Actually I just cycled around the pond. Lot of little ducklings were there. 🙂

Alvaston Park

In total I cycled for one hour and fifty-five minutes and managed a distance of 25,7 km. My average speed was 13,3 km per hour and maximum – 28 km per hour.

P.S. Today I visited my old friend Robin Hood. He asked me to send you a sincere greeting from Nottingham!

P.S.S. Now I got two more cycle maps – this time from Nottingham. Who knows when I will have a chance to cycle from Derby to Nottingham.

Robin Hood statue in Nottingham

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.

Uneven and sloppy dirt track to Kedleston Hall

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.

Kedleston Park portal

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.

Kedleston Park and Kedleston Hall

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.

All Saints Church

In total I cycled for two hours and managed a distance of 21 km. Three easy family rides (5 Parks RideElvaston Castle and Kedleston Hall) suggested by Cycle Derby are done. And there is one left – Ockbrook.