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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

2018 Glow Worm Count



Thirteen glow worms seen on last night's count. Better than only one last year, but over the last 10 years or so the distribution appears to have shrunk from over two miles to less than a mile; from where the footpath from Mickleover into Black Wood crosses the Greenway to near where the track from Bannel's Lane crossed over the line.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Buttercups on NCN Route 549


After a period of cold and wet weather not so many weeks ago, the Spring weather appears to have been ideal for blackthorn and hawthorn blossom, together with vast quantities of buttercups, to be seen here in the fields close to St. Mary's church at Marston on Dove.

Abandoned Motorcycle


This Gilera Runner motor scooter has been dumped on the Mickleover Greenway about half a mile SW of Mickleover Station.
It has no registration plate, so we assume that it was stolen.
The Police have been informed.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

More Dates for your Diary

Sunday, 3rd June
U.N. World Bicycle Day.

Sat / Sunday, 9 - 10th June.
Raleigh cycle exhibition at Sudbury Hall, including sportive on the Sunday.

Saturday, August 18th
British Human Power Club at Darley Moor, near Ashbourne.
Chance to watch, get involved or ride round the track.
No charge and no facilities, except toilets.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Informal Lunch for April

Cycling has not been easy over recent weeks, what with the snow and the cold wind and the rain, but things are looking somewhat better at last. and we can confirm that our informal monthly lunch goes ahead on Thursday next April 5th at the usual venue, Don Amott's Cafe in Hilton. Be there around 12.30pm,
Note that due to flooding of the Greenway at Egginton Junction Bridge, access is only by road via Hilton, Etwall or Willington.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Breadsall Litter Pick




The sun shines on the righteous, so they say, and OK for Sunday's Litter Pick at Breadsall 10am start . Lunch break at 12.30pm when hot/cold drinks and snacks will be available.
The gate at Station Road will be unlocked for cars.
Ring me on 07519970391 if any problems.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Matlock - Rowsley multi-user path formal opening

Following on from Les's previous post on the MUP between Matlock and Rowsley, Claire O'Reilly has informed us of the Formal Opening day. this will be on Tuesday 27 March at 13:00, by the (now famous) railway crossing (see Les's post) with refreshments at Arc afterwards.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Some Good News

Good News 1
Derby City Council Planning Committee have approved the proposal to install a surfaced path alongside the River Derwent through Darley Park.
This will give all weather access to the park from Handysides Bridge through to Darley Abbey and form the start of the Derwent Valley Cycleway which will eventually put in a traffic free route along the Derwent Valley to Matlock.

Good News 2
The White Peak Loop from Matlock to Rowsley is now officially open after considerable delays caused by Peak Rail locking the railway crossing at the Matlock end. Other than that the route has been complete for quite some time.
Derbyshire County Council have done a superb job here both with the construction of the route and in overcoming the problems with Peak Rail.
You can access the route best by train from Derby and it makes a superb flat 5 mile each way ride. Trains go hourly. See my Blog Two Wheels and a Camera for photos and video.  Go to http://simssycling.blogspot.co.uk and wind back to March 2016.
Or just click HERE

Litter Pick at Mickleover

 A very successful litter pick today on the Mickleover Greenway.
Thanks to all who came along to fill several bin bags with assorted litter, much of which had been hidden from view until the recent flailing of the undergrowth by Derbyshire County Council.

Team photo on the seat opposite the Veteran Oak Tree.
Left to right - Val Sims with Barney, Jimmy-Floyd  Roguesantacruzlualuaroylita Hawkins (aka Michael), Janet Dent, Ian Dent, Mavis Ratcliffe, and Tim Mackervoy.  Following behind and picking up litter which the leading team missed were (below) Christine Selden, with Charlie and Freya

Very well done everyone. The Greenway has never been so clean. See you at Breadsall in March.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

You are invited to .................




Thursday 1st February
Informal Lunch at Don Amott's Cafe in Hilton.
12.30pm
It is likely that the flooding of the Greenway at Egginton Junction Bridge will still be blocking the path, so avoid this by cycling on road via Etwall or Hilton.

Sunday 18th February
Litter Pick on Mickleover Greenway.
Meet at Mickleover Station at 10am.

Monday 26th February
Rangers Meeting at Eagle PH in Agard Street.
Start 7pm.

Thursday 1st March
Informal Lunch at Don Amott's Cafe in Hilton.
12.30pm

Sunday 18th March
Great Northern Run on Mickleover Greenway.
Organised by HUUB Events. Rangers assisting by unlocking gates and marshaling.

Sunday 25th March
Litter Pick on Breadsall Greenway.
Meet at Breadsall Station 10am

Sunday, 7 January 2018

A Welcome Sight

It was a bitterly cold morning on the Mickleover Greenway today and a most welcome sight in the car park was that of Michael Fraser who was dispensing delicious hot coffee from his beautifully equipped van.


Thursday, 4 January 2018

Message from The Tree Fairy




The Christmas Tree on the Mickleover Greenway has been even more striking this year, with a record number of decorative items being placed upon it by the Public.





The Tree Fairy has posted this message.



Monday, 1 January 2018

Flood Warning

The Mickleover Greenway (NCN Route 549) is unusable at Egginton Junction Bridge due to flooding. This is a regular occurrence at this time of year and if you are coming along on Thursday to the Rangers Lunch, you are advised to travel via Etwall or Hilton villages.  Either way leave the Greenway at Old Station Close.

 View looking Northwards from above Egginton Junction Bridge,

View looking Northwards from below Egginton Junction Bridge.

Happy New Year

We start 2018 with the first of our informal monthly lunches at Don Amott's Cafe in Hilton.
Be there at 12.30pm on Thursday 4th January.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Compliments of the Season

            A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our Rangers and Friends

Monday, 18 December 2017

Rangers Christmas Lunch

The Umpteenth Derby Rangers Christmas Lunch was held on 14th December, 17 people attending after some organisational difficulties.
Sadly three of our number were incapacitated by influenza and two were on a cruise in the Bahamas (smart move there considering our local weather).
Random photos here - sorry if I missed anyone.






Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Christmas Lunch

Final list of bookings reveals 20 people coming along this year to Don Amott's at 12.30pm on Thursday.
Here is a high tech spreadsheet of the menu choices, so please check that these are correct and if not mail me ASAP at lezderby@gmail.com
Two possible sources of error:-
a. The organiser (me) has made a mistake (highly unlikely!).😇
b. You have forgotten what you ordered (quite possible).😕


Snow on the Path


Looks nice but with temperatures well below freezing overnight the hard packed snow is smooth and slippery so no cyclists to be seen on the Mickleover Greenway.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Sustrans 40th Anniversary

This year saw the 40th anniversary of Sustrans and at a recent ceremony in Leicester, the Derby Ranger Group were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for their work in 2017.


Also receiving an award was artist Pat Wilson who has so beautifully re-painted our RBS mileposts at Mickleover, Alvaston Park and Darley Fields.
Pat travels around the NCN doing this work and has painted 16 of the posts so far. Watch out for her work - you can't miss it.


Here we see Pat at work on the post at Mickleover Station.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Christmas Past

Occasionally St Helen's Church in Etwall, hold a Christmas Tree Festival. There will not be one this year, but last year's event was very successful with close on a hundred trees, decorated by various local organisations on show in the church.
With NCN 54 passing close to the church and some of our Rangers living in the village we decided to take part.
Click HERE to see the video of our display.