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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Santa Comes to Mickleover

Well, what a Christmas it looks like being.
Tonight The Great Man Himself came past our house.

See the video on YouTube HERE

Actually it was Rotary Derby making their annual charity collection with Santa sitting in the illuminated trailer towed by a 4 x 4... I think that the reindeer were having a night off.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Moonrise over Mickleover

On a recent homeward bound train trip from Crewe, I got off the train at Tutbury/Hatton and cycled home in the rapidly gathering gloom. By the time I got to Egginton Junction Bridge it was almost dark and by Bannel's Gate there was a wondrous sight as the "super" moon rose above Mickleover.
 Here is the best photograph that I could get of it.

The moon seemed so large, and I thought to myself  "Just imagine how large it will be by the time I get to Station Road".
Then I thought "Hang on a minute - it's a quarter of a million miles away, and getting a mile closer isn't going to make much difference".
Needless to say - it didn't.

"Moonrise over Mickleover" - what a wonderful title for a song.

Friday, 16 December 2016

The Christmas Tree

The Christmas Tree which stands on the Mickleover Greenway about half a mile from Mickleover Station, grows naturally on the path-side verge and has been dressed by the general public for several years. It is now about six feet tall and each year carries more decoration. Also this year we see for the first time another tiny tree has sprung up nearby and this has also been dressed.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Vegetation Control

The Mickleover Greenway is being transformed by Derbyshire County Council who have started a major cutback of the path-side vegetation using a tractor powered flail. Last week the section between the A516 underpass and Bearwardcote Gate was done and we expect to see more work done in the forthcoming weeks.
Also they are proposing to cut down some of the trees which are in a dangerous state and might be a hazard to users of the route.

                                              This is what it looks like at Hepnall's Bridge.

Saturday, 19 November 2016




Tomato & Basil soup with Roll (order 1a)
Beef & Vegetable soup with Roll (order 1b)

Turkey & Stuffing Roll (order 2a)
Beef & horseradish Roll (order 2b)
Jacket Potato with Cheese (order 2c)
Jacket potato with Tuna (order 2d)

Christmas Pudding with Cream (order 3a)
Christmas Pudding with Custard (order 3b)
Lemon Meringue Roulade with Cream (order 3c)

Coffee, Tea and Mince Pies as required (no need to order)

The cost is £10 per person.

Bring your own alcoholic drinks as required

Reply asap by email to Phil Harris (harris.etwall@gmail.com)

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Revised date for the White Peak Rangers' Xmas social

We have decided to change the date of our Christmas do These are the details now:

Catherine and David cordially invite you to the
White Peak Rangers Rendevous Saturday 10 December at 12:30 
The Barn, Old Vicarage, Warslow, SK17 0JJ
Home made pies, salads, and cakes plus a barrel of local brewery's Whim Hartington IPA 
£5.00/head to help cover costs
Bring a bottle/partner or both plus any info about cycling holidays to share
RSVP to catherine@rookespottery.co.uk
Directions from C&D: "In the village ignore satnav and go on the B5053 towards Onecote – our drive is where the 30mph limit ends"

See you all there!


Wednesday, 2 November 2016

White Peak Rangers' first Xmas social

Following you guys' excellent example of several years now, Catherine and David Rooke of the White Peak Rangers invite you all to our first Christmas do:

"White Peak Rangers Rendevous
Saturday December 17th. 12.30pm
At The Barn, Old Vicarage, Warslow, SK17 0JJ
home made pies, salads, and cakes 
plus a barrel of Whim IPA 
£5.00/head to help cover costs
Bring a bottle/partner or both plus any info about cycling holidays to share
RSVP to catherine@rookespottery.co.uk
In the village ignore satnav and go on the B5053 towards Onecote – our drive is where the 30mph limit ends"

Should be good! See you all there! (PS Obviously I nicked the picture from your blog!)

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Matlock in Bloom 27 Oct 2016

The next workday of the White Peak Sustrans Rangers - a workday with a difference - will be in Matlock on Thursday 27 October. We have been asked by Derbyshire County Council to plant bulbs alongside the tarmacked multi-user path, which was laid down early last year, next to the A6 Bakewell Road between the 'Sainsbury's' roundabout and Arc Leisure/Premier Inn. We can expect a fine floral display next spring! We will be helped by Matlock in Bloom supporters. Meet at 10:00 near the 'Sainsbury's' roundabout on the edge of town.  If you are coming by car, the best place to park would be on the A6, opposite where we will be working: there are several spaces behind a broken line parallel to the curb. Alternatively, Sainsbury's car park or even outside my house (phone me on 07855 804451 for details). This could also be an opportunity to see the latest developments on the Matlock to Rowsley multi-user path, part of the Pedal Peak Phase II project. Bring hi-viz jackets, gardening gloves, and maybe a hand trowel - or a spade if you are local (anything larger seems unreasonable if you are travelling far!) so I'll try to bring some extra tools along.

Catch 8.52 train from Derby - Les

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Mass Cycle Rides

I have bemoaned the fact that the highly successful Sky Rides are now at an end, but rumour has it that HSBC Bank are to take up this sort of ride in 2017 and that they (apparently) have much more financial muscle than Sky ever had.

Also they have premises in most cities, even though many of their minor branches have closed including my own local branch in Mickleover.

So.......... I may not be closing my account with them after all, although I doubt that they would have noticed the miniscule effect on their profit margin had I done so.

Watch out for further news and remember - you heard it here first!

Sunday, 16 October 2016

New Seat

 The new seat at Kingfisher Bridge, Etwall was unveiled today in bright sunshine after the morning's rain had passed  over. It was financed by Ann Meeds in memory of her late husband Bryan.
A small group of Ann's relatives and friends, together with Sustrans Rangers were in attendance and several bottles of wine were produced. Mavis Ratcliffe brought along one of her famous cream sponge cakes and this also rapidly disappeared.

                                                                   Unveiling of the seat

                                             Ann Meeds and family try out the seat.

                               He wasn't invited to the ceremony but he came along anyway.

                                                 Mavis offers Ann a piece of sponge cake.

                                                       The seat with no people on it.

                                                                  And the memorial plaque.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Rangers Ride on Tissington Trail

All Rangers and friends are invited to join us on a ride from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay and back on Wednesday 12th October starting from the cycle hire shed on the North side of the Ashbourne Tunnel.
Car parking available adjacent. Access via Mapleton Lane.
Start approx. 9.30am.
Lunch at Parsley Hay.
Distance about 27 miles.

The BAD News
Parsley Hay is 600ft higher than Ashbourne.

The GOOD news
It's downhill all the way back!
Although this route is very popular and very busy at weekends, tomorrow the public will (hopefully)be at work/school. Tee-hee!

14th October 2016
For a report on this ride see "Two Wheels and a Camera" blog  HERE

Friday, 7 October 2016

Extension to Route 549

NCN Route 549 originally ran from Etwall to the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border at the River Dove bridge near Uttoxeter.  Masterminded by the late Jim Hudson, a short off road path ran from there into Uttoxeter.
Now the White Peak Rangers have devised and signed a major extension which tales the route northwards to join with the Manifold Trail at Waterhouses, which lies on the A52 Ashbourne/Leek road at the top of the infamous Swinscoe Hill.
The new extension runs from Doveridge, at the Marston Lane roundabout (Map Ref SK 11883 34290), through the villages of Roston, Norbury, Ellastone and Stanton. It leaves the Dove Valley, climbing 431ft. in the process,  so expect a few hills, the major one being South of Stanton village. The County Boundary is crossed on the Dove bridge between Norbury and Ellastone. See below.

                                                                    Ellastone ahead.

The route is clearly signed and mostly on narrow country lanes, some single track, so watch out for tractors. The route is quite picturesque, with some great views, but has few places for refreshment.
The original route from Doveridge to Uttoxeter is now signed Route (549), ie in brackets, and this may be changed when a new route eventually comes in from the direction of Stoke-on-Trent.
Thanks to the White Peak Rangers for their hard work in devising and signing this worthy extension to the Dove Valley section originally devised by the Derby Ranger Group.

20th December 2016
Click HERE for detailed ride report on "Two Wheels and a Camera" blog.

Rangers Christmas Lunch

Cheers, fans.

We have settled on Tuesday 13th December for our annual get together, so you can ink it in on your calendars and start looking forward to it, especially if you haven't much else to look forward to. What with the increasing cost of living, rock bottom interest rates, uncontrolled immigration and Derby County ...................

Anyway, watch this space for the menu choices, cost and booking details.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Monsal Trail social ride 16 October 2016

Calling all Derby rangers! There will be a social ride on Sunday 16 October organized for members of the White Peak Sustrans Ranger group and for those of our neighbouring Sustrans volunteer ranger groups. The start will be outside the Crispin pub in Great Longstone and the route will include the upper part of the Monsal Trail and some lesser known paths. David Gray will be leading. Meet at 09:45 for a prompt 10:00 start. 

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Space 4 Cycling

Derby Cycling Group's Public Ride in support of the National Space 4 Cycling initiative attracted about 50 cyclists of all denominations for a two lap ride around the City Centre this morning.

 Cyclists assembled at Derby's Council House and were addressed by organiser Tony Roelich.

                                                                   Tony Roelich
Dave Clasby provided music for the ride with his long wheel base carrier bike which (in the cardboard box) he had a CD player and speakers.  Music While You Ride!

The ride finished outside the Quad building in the Market Place, where the riders were thanked for their attendance by Tony. It is hoped that such rides will persuade our local Councillors to signup as supporting better facilities for cyclists in Derby.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Signing Ride

The White Peak Rangers invite us to join them on their signing ride on NCN Route 549 between Uttoxeter and Waterhouses on Thursday next 29th September.
If going to Uttoxeter by train from Derby, catch the 9.42 train which arrives in Uttoxeter a mere 23 mins later at 10.05. With a railcard the cost is £5.75 for an Anytime Day Return.
Alternatively you could improve your fitness and relieve your wallet/purse by cycling all the way, but I will be on the train.
Either way meet in Tesco's Costa Coffee which is close by Uttoxeter Train Station.

Clyde Hinton is in charge of the operation.

Space 4 Cycling

Derby Cycling Group are organising a mass cycle ride on

Saturday 1st October at 11:00
in front of the Council House on Corporation Street.

In support of Derby Cycling Group’s campaign “Space for Cycling”
Urging city councillors from all parties
To pledge to do more for cycle transport in the city.

Please come along if you possibly can.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Christmas Party Yo Ho Ho

Hi Folks,
You will be pleased/dismayed (delete as applicable) to hear that the Big Day is now less than 100 days hence, and that the shops already have mince pies (with a Best Before Date of November the something) on the shelves.  Soon they will be displaying all the usual Christmas Fare and a variety of Merry Junk in an effort to separate the Nostalgic and the Weak-willed from their hard earned cash.

But have no fear, here is news of the big event of the Christmas Season, the Derby Rangers Christmas Lunch, once again to be held at Don Amott's Café and we need to agree on a mutually convenient date which does not clash with your holidays, hospital appointments, family commitments, court appearances or prison sentences.

How's about Tuesday 13th December or Tuesday 20th December?  Cannot make 15th as it is my wife's wedding anniversary. Note that there is no clash with the Derby CTC Lunch at Sudbury Prison this year as that is planned for 1st. December.

Cost and menu to be confirmed but expected to be similar to last year.

Please affirm or make alternative suggestions below.


New Contact Number

Due to re-organisation at Derbyshire County Council there is a new telephone number for Countryside Services who are now based at Clay Cross.
The number is 01629 533020.

New Seat at Etwall

We have installed a new seat on Kingfisher Bridge at Etwall.  It has been financed by Mrs. Ann Meeds in memory of her late husband.
The original seat here was in a poor state having been installed about 10 years ago.
There will be an official unveiling ceremony on Sunday 9th October at 3pm to which all are invited.
We have not yet fitted the engraved plaque and will fit that before the ceremony.

And here below a picture of the original seat.