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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.

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.

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