Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Ride around Leicester, 12th February
Following a recce yesterday I have a clearer idea of the itinerary for next Tuesday's trip to Leicester. I suggest we meet around 10.00 for the 10.20 service - latecomers could go direct to platform 6. Arrival into Leicester is a little before 11am and it will take around 20mins to get to Abbey Park for our late morning coffee/tea. The next leg to Rothley is around 18km and is mostly off road. There is a pub (Red Lion) in Rothley advertising a carvery for £4.75, another one (Rothley Court) offering two meals for £9.95 and finally Ellis cafe at Rothley station where bacon or sausage baps are £3. They are not as big as those at Hilton, however. For the steam enthusiasts (me, anyway) trains pass through Rothley at 13.27 and 14.50. If the weather is truly horrid we could use the 14.50 train to get us back into Leicester, albeit with about 10km still to ride, but I suspect it would not be such good value as the journey from Derby to Leicester. There are a number of routes we could take back from Rothley and I suggest we chose one on the day. We should be back into Derby station by 16.30.