For our next social leisure cycle ride on Sunday 17th September, Sustrans’ Bassetlaw volunteer rangers offer a new route introducing some of Derbyshire’s Phoenix Greenways north-west of Mansfield. Meet from 9.45am at the Vicar Water visitor centre, off Mansfield Road, Clipstone NG21 9AA for a 10.00am start.
We’ll set out into the southern suburbs of Mansfield, following the Timberland Trail to Kings Mill reservoir, then continue on waymarked cycle routes and paths around Sutton-in-Ashfield to join the Skegby Trail. Soon, we’ll link across west to the Teversal Trail, another old railway line giving traffic-free easy riding.
Our lunch stop will be at the café in Pleasley Pit country park, from where we’ll begin our return on bridleways and minor roads via Stony Houghton and Shirebrook to join National Cycle Route 648 towards Budby. Turning south along NCN 6, we’ll head back to the start through glorious Sherwood Forest.
As this 33-mile route uses a mix of quieter roads, bridleways and trails, some of which are rough in places, a mountain bike or hybrid is recommended. Riders under 18 are welcome but should be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Our last ride this season will be on 15th October — details in the next issue. Before then, Newark rangers will be leading their ‘Grantham Triangle’ ride on Sunday 1st October.
For more information, contact email@example.com or call Dave on 01777 704317.
Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. For more details see www.sustrans.org.uk.