Site Updates 22nd June 2013 - Minor site updates on various pages to
bring official D.C.C maps up to date. New pages are being added for the
Longdendale Trail and the Cinder Track, Redesigned the menu and I've put the
national cycle network route numbers on as well.
Ive also added my latest rides via Strava widget to the left. Strava is
an app for your phone or GPS Cycle Computer and records your GPS location,
Speed, Altitude, Average Speed Trip Time etc etc whilst out riding your
bike, once home you then upload the data to the Strava website and you can
view your ride on a map along with all the data of your ride. It's a great
I will try and update some of the
older rides this year that I've done over the years taking some new
I Love to ride the old disused railway routes that have been
converted to cycle routes, riding along routes that 100 years earlier had
been used by steam trains of the bygone era, although 1000's of miles of
railways were axed back in the 1960's with Mr Beeching and in 1990's from
the pit closures the mineral railways that carried coal, as cyclists, we
have ended up some excellent routes to cycle on, there has never been a
better time to cycle off roads, I will be adding more "rail trails" and off
road NCN routes to the menu in due course so keep checking for updates
2003 - 2013: 10th Anniversary of this Web site
It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since I started this web site, over
the years I've had some great feedback from emails from local people
from further afield and abroad. Mostly from ordinary family people who would
like to cycle easy off road routes, I say ordinary as to the fact they are
not hardened cyclists like the Bradley Wiggins types. Families who like safe
traffic free riding in the countryside with no nasty surprises ridden on any
sort of bike be it a £99 bike or a bike worth £1000's. There is nothing
wrong in starting out with a cheap bike to see if you are going to take to
it, there are many people who buy an expensive bike, ride it a few times and
never ride again, start cheap then if you like it buy a better one. On the
other hand as with anything you get what you pay for, If you are serious
about cycling buy the best you can afford.
My bike has evolved over the
years, buying upgrades as and when funds allowed, this way of upgrading your
old is easier on the pocket than shelling out on a new bike.
Introduction to Dave's Cycle Trails Site
2013, makes me 43 years young, and hopefully not too unfit, although the old waistline
is ever expanding! I returned to cycling at the age of 30 in 2000 after
18, I was a keen cyclist all through my childhood and teens (My
Dad always encouraged me to cycle back then, and he even takes a keen
interest in cycling to this very day), then I grew up, motorbikes, cars, beer,
fags and way too
many late nights took there toll by my mid twenties, Then you get married etc. Then the kids get to an age were they
want to go bike rides, you think to yourself, oh my god! can I even ride a bike
anymore and more so, am I even fit enough and do they make a bike strong
enough to take my weight? (Lets just say I'm a bit on the large side!), Kids ehh!!!....
So in September
2000 we took the plunge, I bought a couple of cheap n nasty mountain bikes each for
me and the wife after the kids nagging about going bike rides, I decided I
would give up
smoking and off we pedalled (cough, Hey, gasp, errr, wait for me you lot). We
started just by going a couple of miles around the town were we live. We also
started to find rights of ways and local trails on our travels. Then getting
braver going further a field, bike rack on the car and off to proper cycle
I started this web site early in 2003, mainly because I couldn't find
virtually nothing at all at
all on the internet for the east midlands and
because I like to build websites in my spare time, and I also wanted to do a
cycling website, and maybe someone else might even want to look at it!
As I used to cycle as mostly a
family group with the wife and kids when they were at school, I like to cycle off road traffic free
cycle trails, this web site is for such routes. If you are new to cycling or
looking for new routes to try, this site gives brief description of cycle
routes. These off road routes are for families or people wanting no traffic which means there's no chance of being
splattered by some young boy racer driving his barely (if at all) legal Vauxhall Corsa.
Email about anything cycling related
Routes in Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire
amount of off road cycling available in these two counties is getting better
and better, especially with the National Cycle Network building 12,000miles
of cycle routes (on and off road) and Forestry commission building trails in
woods and forests, along with local authorities reclaiming former pits and
open cast sites turning them into small country parks with visitor centres
with quite a few miles of trails which are hugely popular, and also former
railway lines turned into cycle trails. Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire has really become
committed to cycling on and off road over the last several years and has routes all over.
Cycle Trails on your own doorstep!!
There are quite a few trails appearing all over the place, some may be only 2
or 3 miles long but you will often find them within minutes of your own home
surprisingly enough, and you probably have not even realised that they are
there. Some are part of existing public footpaths that have been there since
the year dot, and have sections of them turned into trails.
Cycles and rights of way!!
Where can you cycle?
here to find out
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