Derby to Cloud Quarry
Can you see the trucks in the bottom of the quarry?
Also Breedon Church on the far horizon (top right).
Keep on R6 through King's Newton, Melbourne, and Tonge, and over the road bridge crossing the A42 trunk road to reach the Cloud Trail, which runs adjacent to Cloud Quarry. Continue up the hill, until you come to a couple of cast iron pterodactyls on the right. Opposite is a good view of Cloud Quarry, probably the biggest hole in the ground that you have ever seen, so don't stand too near the edge, especially if it is windy. The quarry produces thousands of tons of limestone per year.
Return to the fork and turn right downhill and then left on the road, to pass through Wilson, where on the far side of the village is a track on the right, just opposite the South Derbyshire sign, which leads downhill, where you re-join NCN R6 and return to Derby.
Whilst resting beside the pterodactyls, this a wonderful place for a game of "I Spy".
I spy something beginning with "p".......................
They'll never get it.
Something else to note -
The pterodactyls are the only creatures you will ever see that have their rib cage on the outside of their bodies. Also they have external hinges on their ankles.
Erewash Valley Trail
The Monsal Trail
Buxton to Bakewell 11.5 miles
See posting of 14th June 2011.
|Note Buxton is just off this map to the right side. See OS Landranger Map sheet 119 for more detail.|
The Conkers Circuit
|Note Swadlincote is just off this map at the top. Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Hicks Lodge Cycle Centre just off to the right.|
See OS Landranger Map sheet 128 for more detail.
The 11.5 mile ride from Long Eaton Station to Shipley Country Park is so much improved that it must be included here as a new favourite ride.
See "Two Wheels and a Camera" blog. Click HERE