Up hill, down dale, but never run of the mill

People keep asking me for ride galleries, and I’m happy to oblige – and fortunately the weather so far this season has been pretty good, I’m pleased to say – so last weekend I did a century into Derbyshire to visit old haunts.

On a day that started out overcast, I hit the road at dawn, up through Lichfield, Burton and Derby and from there, rode through Keddleston Park, a beautiful stately home. Moving on through Mercaston to Bradley and Madge Hill, I swung east to Hognaston, Hopton and Middleton top, then up the High Peak Trail to Parsley Hay; a fast run back down the Tissington to Ashbourne, then out to Hole in the Wall, Osmaston, Shirley, Longford, Tutbury, Barton and home via Lichfield. 116 miles in all.

It was interesting to note the trails were not busy, and the ice cream stop at Harrington Signal Box seems to have closed; I do hope these wonderful cycleways are not losing their appeal.

It’s rare you fine a true Holloway. Imagine the continual use over centuries that cut this track into the hill.

At Osmaston Park, the bridleway past the water-driven sawmill is beautiful, and forms a true Holloway up the hill. It’s well worth seeing. You can find out more about the mill here.

So glad I’m getting lots of riding in this year – I hope it continues.

For more of this sort of thing, my 365daysofbiking journal is still running

The Osmaston Sawmill is stunning.

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1 Response to Up hill, down dale, but never run of the mill

  1. andkindred says:

    Always felt a sense of satisfaction having made the ton!

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