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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.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Derwent Valley Cycleway


Derwent Valley Cycleway News

Below are the latest updates on progress with the Derwent Valley Cycleway. We hope yuo find them of interest. If you can help, or have more information, on any of the topics, then please get in touch with the Secretary of the Group, Ian Scott.
The working group have recently received a letter from Amber Valley Borough Council expressing their support for the project.The council says "they will do their utmost the help support the plans as far as possible". They recognise that there is a shortage of off road cycle routes in the Amber Valley area.

Darley Park All User Path Consultation - Update

Darley Abbey Consultation: This took place on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th August in Darley Park opposite the café. The City Council propose that there should be a multi-user path along the West side of the river.

The objective is to improve all user access into Darley Park :

·  Allow easy and safe access for wheelchairs, mobility scooters and buggies.

·   Protect the landscape character of the park.

·  Prevent further destruction of the grassland.

·   Enhance the aesthetic value of a dilapidated part of the park
This development is an important part of the Southern end of our proposed cycleway.
Three alternative surface materials were on display. The public were asked to express support or objection by ticking a sheet. The number of supporters appeared to far outweigh objectors.

Members of the Derwent Valley Cycleway working group were in attendance and engaged a number of members of the public in conversation about how this development would facilitate safe family cycling and wheelchair access to the park.
Although this information has already been circulated to our wider group of supporters it is most important that we encourage everyone to send individual letters of support to David Winslow Community Parks Officer.
David’s contact details are:  | Community Parks Officer | Community Leisure | Communities and Place | The Council House, Corporation Street, Derby, DE1 2FS | 01332 641549 | 07812 300570 | Minicom 01332 256666 |  
There is also a questionnaire that can be filled in and sent to David Winslow in the Parks department.
or you can make positive comments on the City Council Planning website.
A message from the Chair
The objective of the working group is to bring together individuals and groups with an interest in establishing a safe and family friendly, off road, multi-user cycle route from Mat- lock to Derby linking the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Sites.
  • To include access for wheelchair users and walkers.
  • To encourage cycling for health and to reduce vehicle related carbon emissions by making it safer to commute by bicycle.
  • To encourage tourism and help the local economy.
DERWENT VALLEY CYCLEWAY is part of The National Heritage Corridor ® Collective Trade Mark of Derwent Valley Trust: Registered in England : No. 3182660. A Company limited by guarantee and registered as a Charity No. 1058609
Registered office: Geldards LLP, Number One Pride Place, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8QR
Supported by: Derby Cycling Group, Derby CC, Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, Derbyshire CC, Sustrans, Cycling Club of GB, Amber Valley BC, Transition Belper, Duffield PC, Milford and Makeney community, Breadsall PC, Peak Cycle Links, Peak District National Park Authority, East Midland Trains, Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
Copyright © 2016 Derwent Valley Cycleway, All rights reserved.


Wednesday, 14 September 2016

September News

Sorry for lack of postings of late, but the transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10 has been difficult to say the least.  So here to catch up on what's been happening.

Samways Cycle Shop has now closed having been our biggest and best bike shop in Derby for many years. A sad loss.

A lady in Etwall has asked if she could finance a seat on the Mickleover Greenway in memory of her late husband and Mavis and I came to the conclusion that we had enough seats, but that the seat at Kingfisher Bridge near Etwall was really in need of  replacement. Materials have been purchased and the seat constructed. We hope to install it and Monday afternoon 19th September and any help would be appreciated.

Derby Cycling Group are organising a mass ride in Derby City Centre in aid of their Space for Cycling Initiative. This will be on Saturday 1st October starting from  the Council House at 11am.

Derby Ranger Martin Aldred is incapacitated with his right arm in plaster after a cycling accident.
We wish him a speedy recovery and that Derbyshire County Council will soon repair the extra pothole in the road caused by his elbow. Ouch!

Derbyshire County Council have mown the verges of the Mickleover Greenway after receiving a whinging mail from Nick Potter. Well done Nick!

Graffiti on the bridge piers near Mickleover Station has been overpainted, and a wrecked caravan dumped by itinerants has been removed from the nearby car park.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Yet More Rides

Now that Summer is here (well some of the time) there are lots of organised rides available.

Last Sunday we helped out with the Rotary Ride to Elvaston Castle. Poorly attended by the public but we enjoyed ourselves, particularly the get together over lunch at the Castle.  In spite of the poor attendance, lots of money was raised, some by the simple expedient of a new technique called virtual sponsoring where both sponsor and the sponsored stay at home, but money changes hands with no further effort by either party.

On Wednesday next 29th June we have a Rangers Ride along Route 6 to the Cloud Trail to meet up with Sustrans Staff and Rangers to say farewell to Ian Mannion who is retiring after 26 years working for Sustrans on path construction and maintenance, including Route 6 in the Melbourne area and on the  Cloud Trail. Meet at Swarkestone Lock at 10.30am.to ride along Route 6 to the Trent Viaduct. Possible lunch at the Breedon Garden Centre?

On Thursday 30th June we are invited to the White Peak Rangers Ride to look at the exciting new White Peak Loop just North of Matlock. See earlier post from Clyde Hinton.

Sunday 3rd July sees a clash, with two rides, one the Monsal Trail Ride as on the previous post, and the Sheffield Sky Ride, which will be the last in the very successful City Sky Rides which have seen enormous numbers of cyclists out on the closed roads of their cities. Lots of cycling related activities along the 5 mile route, which runs close by the Railway Station. Having, in previous years, attended Sky Rides in Coventry, Leicester and Sheffield,  I will be sorry to see the end of these rides which have done much to further popularise all kinds of cycling.  All good things come to an end eventually, I suppose.

White Peak Rangers public ride - Monsal Trail 3 July


A free, leisurely ride of approx. 3 hours, guided by Sustrans volunteers.

Suitable for all cyclists, with a number of short stops included to hear about the history and heritage associated with the trail from the Sustrans volunteers. 

A "there and back" ride  of easy cycling along the former Midland Railway line. Passing through the 4 tunnels (bike lights if you have them) that were re-opened in 2011, as well as a number of the old stations. 

The route is mostly flat and traffic free. Cycle hire available at Hassop station. Riders will be responsible for the road worthiness of their bike and those of "juniors" for whom they have responsibility

Light refreshments available at Hassop station, Millers Dale station and Blackwell Mill cycle hire.

Meet at Hassop Station Car Park, near Bakewell.
10:15 am for 10:30 start.

Return by 13:30

Monday, 20 June 2016

Glow Worm Walk 10.30 pm Thursday 23 June 2016 from Mickleover Station

There will be a walk to count glow worms on the Mickleover Greenway between Mickleover and Bannell's gate (the second set of gates from Mickleover), starting from Mickleover Station parking area, just off Station Road, almost opposite the Great Northern pub, at 10.30pm on Thursday 23 June 2016.

We should cover the 2 miles or so to reach Bannell's gate around 11.15pm, where people from Etwall, and beyond, can join us.

Previous walks indicate virtually all the remaining glow worms reside between the city boundary at Mickleover and Bannell's gate.

Arrival back in Mickleover should be shortly after midnight. It is possible to spot glow worms from a bike at slow speed. No lights required to see the glow worms|

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Ride over the new Matlock - Rowsley multi-user path Thursday 30 June 2016

Calling all Derby Rangers! You are cordially invited by the White Peak Rangers to share a ride with us over the new multi-user path from Matlock to Rowsley on Thursday 30 June. This essential link in the 60-mile circular White Peak Loop is being built by Derbyshire County Council as part of the Pedal Peak Phase 2, paid from central government funds. The MUP passes alongside the heritage railway Peak Rail’s line, from Arc Leisure to Old Road, Darley Dale. After a short stretch of not too busy road to Darley Dale PR station, the trail continues through the pretty Whitworth Institute park (with a heron if we’re lucky!), then alongside the railway again to Churchtown. From there, a 3-metre wide Toptrek-surfaced path leads to the Rowsley South station and the recycling center. Beyond that, the completed path plunges into a wood at Rowsley and includes a section of boardwalk carrying it over a swamp. There are sections of this which are not complete at the moment but you will be able ride over most of it. Meet 10:25 on platform 1, Matlock railway station (when the train from Derby arrives).

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Egginton Junction Bridge Repair

Some months ago an out of control lorry collided with the parapet of Egginton Junction Bridge knocking a large hole in the wall above the Greenway ( NCN Route 549).
Repairs are now in hand and scaffolding has been erected to give access.  Fortunately this does not interfere with access to the Greenway.

                                                         View from A5132 road.

                                                                  View from Greenway

Friday, 3 June 2016

Derby Ranger Meeting Minutes

Hi everyone,

The Derby rangers met up in May to discuss the aims and directions of the group. Below are the minutes from the group and a summary of the aims. If you want to get involved to help realise these or add your own aims then don't hesitate to get in touch!

Ranger Meeting Minutes



Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Derby Rangers Meeting

Please come along to tonight's Rangers Meeting at the Derby Tap PH on Exeter Bridge at 6pm.
New Group Co-ordinate Adam Batty will be chairing the meeting and the proposal is to formulate a plan for the future activities of the group.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Join us for lunch

You are invited to join the Derby Rangers, past and present, for a casual lunch and informal chat on Friday 29th April at 12.30pm.
The venue is at Don Amott's Cafe at Hilton, which was refurbished earlier this year. The menu is extended and now includes an All Day Breakfast which might those who are not trying to lose weight.
See you there.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Your Next Bike?

They say that the number of bikes that you need is (n+1) where "n" is the number of bikes that you already have.
So how about something different for your next bike, just the job for fetching frozen food from the supermarket on a hot Summer's day.
Here it is then. A snip at £600!

The parasol is removable for days when the sun isn't shining or there are gale force winds.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Manifold Valley Ride - with geology! Sunday 17 April 2016

There will be a ride for the public in the Manifold Valley on Sunday 17 April, led by the White Peak Sustrans Rangers, the first of a programme of rides throughout 2016. 
Please meet at the Hulme End car park (Staffordshire, postcode: SK17 0EZ; GR: SK103593) at 10:45 for a prompt start at 11:00. This is a ride for families, and some geological, mining and railway facts will be explained along the way. The ride will be leisurely and over the traffic-free Manifold Valley Trail and minor roads, and the route is mainly flat. There will be a refreshments stop at Wetton Mill tearooms or bring a picnic! We expect to finish around 15:00.

For full details and any questions contact Clyde Hinton clydehinton5@gmail.com 07855 804451.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Great Northern Run

There were a few problems on the day of the race (Sunday 6th March) mainly to do with congestion around the finish line, which was quite close to Mickleover Station where the Greenway narrows.
Yesterday we (Stefan, Nick and I ) had a meeting with Claire Duffin who is Events Manager for Huub Events and it was agreed that, for future runs, the finish line will be moved back onto the large grass area where the old engine shed once stood and where there is plenty of room.
Also Derbyshire County Council are to be approached regarding some potholes in the tarmac where there was a minor accident during the race.  Under normal circumstances, these are a danger to cyclists approaching the gate 

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Mile Markers

The whole length of the Mickleover Greenway is now clearly marked in miles from the gate at Mickleover Station with these coping stones, some of which had previously been hidden in the undergrowth.

It has taken a while to find them all and to clean off the moss which had grown on them, but now they have dried out, we have been able to paint the appropriate numbers on them for the benefit of runners and cyclists who need to check/adjust cycle computers.
There are four stones and the fifth mile comes exactly at Five Mile Gate near Egginton Junction Bridge.

More flailing has been done and the verges from Old Station Close to Heage Lane are affected.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Egginton/Mickleover Greenway News

You will not be surprised to hear that the Greenway is once more blocked by flooding at Egginton Junction Bridge. This has been the situation for several weeks now, and is the longest period of flooding within living memory.
                                       View from bridge parapet looking towards Etwall.

As if that were not enough, the bridge parapet has been struck by a heavy vehicle travelling towards Hilton and a large crack is now evident. It appears to be stable and has been fenced off, but will have to be repaired one day. Fortunately the damage is not on the span of the bridge but towards one end, where there is solid ground below. People on the path are not in danger, nor are pedestrians on the pavement above.

 More signs of devastation on the path between the A516 Tunnel and Heage Lane where Derbyshire County Council have flailed the verge rather severely, but the plants will soon recover from this rather brutal treatment.

 This Victorian House, visible from Heage Lane Bridge, was built around the turn of the century (1899/1900) to house the manager of the adjacent gas works. It has been up for sale since the death of the owner, whose name I cannot re-call, but who was a talented and well known local footballer in his younger days.
The house is now sold, so we will have a new neighbour soon. The two adjacent houses have been sold within the last year or so.

 But as usual along with the bad news there is some good news:-
Here at our favourite cafe..................

The new enlarged verandah is complete just in time for us to be sitting out there in the warm sunshine about to come.

                           Not only that but it incorporates neat parking for a dozen bikes.

                                                          Well done that man, Don Amott!