Cycling in the Upper Derwent Valley

 Cycling in the upper Derwent Valley


Cycling in the Upper Derwent Valley
Large Cycle Routes Group from 2013


Our video “Cycling the Upper Derwent Valley Family Route” is now available on YouTube. This is a 14-mile route around the three reservoirs  Ladybower, Derwent and Howden in the Derwent Valley.


This route begins at the Fairholmes visitor center and heads out along a quiet road later joining traffic-free bike paths around the Valley.

In some places the ride can be challenging, however the scenery and wildlife can make it all worthwhile.

The Ladybower reservoir is famous for drowning the villages of Ashopton and Derwent during its construction.  The Upper Derwent Valley was also used for the training of the 617 Squadron when they were practicing their low-level flights needed for the dam buster raids.

Watch the video and feel free to like & share and if you have any questions or suggestions please use the comments section on YouTube.

Enjoy the video and if you ever get the opportunity enjoy the cycle route.



Riding the Monsal Trail


 Riding the Monsal Trail

Riding the Monsal Trail
Phil and Alan Riding the Monsal Trail

The Monsal Trail in Derbyshire is almost 9 miles long and stretches from Coombs Road near Bakewell to Topley Pike Junction in Wye Dale. We enjoy riding the Monsal Trail, It is a great route which the whole family can enjoy riding regardless of the their level of cycling proficiency.

Hassop station, is usually our starting location of choice as it is a great resorce along the Monsal trail, it has a Cafe, Bike Hire and a book shop as well as ample paid parking.

The route follows part of the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction railway. The railway was closed in 1968 and passed in to the hands the Peak District National Park in 1980, at this time numerous tunnel  sections were closed for safety. Roads or paths were used to link the various sections as a result.

Work costing in the region of £2.25M started on the four tunnel sections in 2009 in order to make them safe, this work was completed in 2011 creating the continuous trail that we know today.

Please enjoy the video


Best price on Thule 561 Outride Fork


Had one of these cycle carriers arrive yesterday,  for only £75.87  and that was the best price I have seen them going for and It’s from Amazon!

It’s the carrier you can use on any bikes which have a sensitive frame as it locks the front forks in to place, it’s also compatible with disc brakes

Thule 561 Outride Disc Brake Fork-Mount Cycle Carrier


If anyone finds a better price let me know, as I’ll probably need another one in the next few months.

Cycling at Sherwood Pines on the Blue Route

Riding Sherwood Pines’ “Blue Route”

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Cycling the Blue Route at Sherwood Pines.

Our latest video has just hit YouTube, it’s a guide to cycling around Sherwood Pines Forest Park using the Blue Route.

We often visit Sherwood Pines, to do a combination of the “Green Route” + another, be that Red or Blue, on this occasion we hit the “Blue intermediate Route”. It is a good trail for confident new riders with a little off-road experience or intermediate riders wanting a quick blast and it is well worth a visit if you are in the Nottingham area.

There is bike hire available at the center for those who do not have their own off-road bike handy, or would rather hire for the day.

The route was ridden by only Sarah & myself on this occasion and we used our cube cross country (XC) bikes, these are very light and nimble bikes and didn’t break the bank to purchase either.


Cycling the Don Valley Trail (TPT)

The Trans Pennine Trail – Don Valley

This video shows us cycling the Don Valley trail, which is one of our regular cycle routes, our ride runs from Cote Green carpark at Wortley heading North West to Dunford Bridge and then we return back down the same trail.  The Don valley Trail is part of the Trans Pennine Trail.


Giro d’italia 2015


Today is the start of stage 1 of the Giro d’italia, it’s a team time trial (TTT) around a twisty turny course.  This years Giro has  an individual time trial, a team time trial, 7 stages for the sprinters, 5 medium mountain stages, 3 medium mountain  stages with summit finishes and 4 high mountain stages with summit finishes. Good Luck #teamsky #orica-greenEDGE #giro

Riding from Rother Valley to Tapton Lock


Hello & Welcome RotherValley
to our blog page for our video “Rother Valley to Tapton Lock” which shows us riding the route from Rother Valley Country park near Rotherham to Tapton Lock in chesterfield, much of the ride follows the path of the Chesterfield Canal.

The ride starts at the The Old Mill and Stables Cafe in Rother Valley Country Park, it heads clockwise around the lakes and out on to National Route 67 which goes right past the park. This is part of the Transpennine Trail, the stretch between Chesterfield and Leeds forms the main route of the Transpennine Trail (central).

Parts of the route along follow a disused railway line until Stavely, at which point the route goes along the towpath of the Chesterfield Canal.

Each time we visit the Chesterfield Canal more of it has been improved and developed (in a good way) to heighten the experience of visitors.

More information can be found on the work done on the canal by chesterfield canal trust here.

Enjoy the Video