Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Outdoor circuit for Derby?

An outdoor closed road cycling circuit beside the Velodrome is being proposed for Derby.
For more details see Les Sim's post on 29th December at http://rangersderby.blogspot.co.uk/

Cinder Track

The 21 mile section of NCN route 1 between Scarborough and Whitby is known as the Cinder Track. This is because it runs along an old railway line and unusually the track-bed was composed of cinders rather than the normal crushed stone ballast. The cinders are still very obvious in many parts of the trail. I wonder where that large volume of cinders came from in the 1880s?
Approaching Whitby the trail passes over the 13 arch brick Larpool viaduct with the River Esk and the active rail line from Middlesbrough to Whitby 120 feet below.


The route ends abruptly about ½ mile from the centre of Whitby where there is an interpretation board.
The line did continue but there is little sign of it now except for a footpath stretch north of Sandsend which forms part of the Cleveland Way.

Cycling Along the Danube

A talk by Colin Hobday on Friday 24th January - 7.30 pm at the Imperial Rooms Matlock.
Colin's talk covers the 300 miles from Passau in Germany to Vienna in Austria.
Event arranged by Derbyshire Dales Ramblers but all welcome; admission £3
Further information from Pat Stephens 01629 650092

British speed record on a bicycle

Did you see Guy Martin attempt to break the British record for outright speed on a bicycle - an incredible 110mph? If not you can view the programme at

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Merry Christmas, everyone!

This has been a very fruitful year for our group: we have renumbered a significant chunk of the National Cycle Network in our area, as well as signing routes that have never been numbered before. I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who has been out working on the trails throughout the year, sometimes in quite tricky weather conditions! I'd like also to wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a happy and prosperous 2014! I look forward to working with you once again on our trails in the New Year. Don't forget to have a look at Jim's Xmas puzzle in the last post (below)! Clyde

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Unusual signs

At end of August Clyde posted (on the Erewash blog) a picture of a sign he had seen while in Scotland on route 75.
A bit nearer home - within the White Peak area - I came across this Sustrans sign. It isn't really high up in the trees, that was just the angle I photographed it.
So questions:
  • what does it mean?
  • which NCN route ? (I have removed the number on the image)
  • where precisely?
Anybody have any other examples of non -standard Sustrans signs to post?