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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?

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A goal of today was to reach Little Eaton.

Little Eaton is a village in the English county of Derbyshire. The name originated from Anglo-Saxon times and means the little town by the water. Little Eaton was once the terminus of the Little Eaton Gangway – the Derby Canal Railway – where it joined the Derby Canal. It was later served by Little Eaton railway station.

Little Eaton map

Once again I took the Derby Cycle map with me. And this time I took also the water bottle. I was prepared it will be rather chilly, but eventually it got warmer and the temperature reached +19 degrees Celsius. The same as on Tuesday I started my trip from Riverside Gardens in the city centre of Derby, and followed the cycle path upstream (north) along the River Derwent. Mainly I was using the National Cycle Network No. 6 and National Cycle Network No. 54, and I needed to head north till I reached Little Eaton.

View to Little Eaton

I cycled for 8 km, when I realized I have run out of the cycle map. So I have an experiment and cycled a little around the village. I picked up one street, then another – and what ever I did, in a mysterious way, I managed to return to the same place. I noticed disused railway tracks and decided to get off my bike and have a walk on these tracks.

Old railway tracks

I wonder maybe it was the former Little Eaton Gangway.

Little Eaton Gangway

Eventually I took the way back to Derby. When I reached the roundabout I turned to the direction of Allestree and crossed a bridge over the River Derwent. It’s a time when chestnut-trees are blossoming, and it so beautiful!

Chestnut-tree

I took a short ride through Allestree and did some steadily climbs uphill the Ford Lane and Lambourn Drive. Then I continued along the cycle path downstream (south) along the River Derwent. I passed Cathedral Green and Silk Mill Park. And here I am – back in Derby! 🙂

Silk Mill

In total I cycled for one hour and forty-two minutes and managed a distance of 21,9 km. My average speed was 12,8 km per hour and maximum – 31,6 km per hour.