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Exploration Ride and social event
June 12 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
To show participants parts of the proposed Derwent Valley Cycleway route between Duffield and Whatstandwell, a ride for the evening of Tuesday 12th June (starting at 5:45pm) is planned. The event will consist of short segments of riding between key or interesting parts of the route where there will be short stops and explanations of what is planned or discussion of particular issues.
The route will consist of a mixture of quiet backroads, tracks, parts of the A6, some bumpy very old roads, and a short section (500m) of footpath through a field and including 2 stiles. Therefore, an exploratory adventure!
Total of 15 miles consisting of short sections with stops for viewing and explanation. It is expected that this will take about 2 hours.
All are welcome to attend but bear in mind that some of the route will be on the A6 and, whilst it will be in the evening time, there may be fast and busy traffic. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult who takes responsibility for their behaviour and safety and who judges that they are competent to ride on the A6.
Max Vaughan at the White Peak Distillery in Shining Cliff Woods has kindly offered us refreshments at the half way point (water / cordial only!) where, after a short stop, we’ll turn back south for the return to Duffield.
Due to the mixture of surfaces, a robust bike would be recommended. Most bikes would be suitable but don’t bring your expensive road bike with £1000 wheels! There will be 2 stiles to climb over so, whilst there will be help from other participants, try to bring a bike that is able to be lifted.
The ride will finish at the Bridge Inn in Duffield where all participants are welcome to stop for a drink and chat (optional!) hopefully in the garden if the weather is suitable. The pub is very close to the starting point of the ride.
As the ride is north from Duffield to Shining Cliff Woods and then back (by a different route) there are numerous opportunities for short cuts and anyone not wanting to complete the whole ride (e.g. to avoid the stiles) can still join in and would be welcome at the finishing pub. However, they may need to negotiate a short cut themselves and then wait for the returning riders or make their own way back to the start point.
Planned route is here