Derby Mer­cury RC

Cycling Weekly - - RIDE WITH -

1 Black­brook The road is ar­row-straight for the first mile, high walls and hedges shield­ing the view be­fore open­ing out on the stun­ning Der­byshire coun­try­side and mark­ing the start of the ride’s hillier sec­tion.

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Cars­ing­ton Water Our cafe stop for the day is a mecca for out­door en­thu­si­asts with nu­mer­ous sail­ing and water-based ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able plus walk­ing and cy­cling routes (on and off-road).

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Derby Velo­drome

Track cy­cling is en­joy­ing a resur­gence; with re­cent GB suc­cesses and with Derby now hav­ing its own in­door track there is a first-class Mid­lands-based lo­ca­tion to give it a try.

Favourite cafe Cars­ing­ton Water

Cars­ing­ton Water, nes­tled at the foot of the Peak Dis­trict, has two cafes on site and of­fers a full menu of hot and cold food with an im­pres­sive ar­ray of cakes, good cof­fee and even a small bar. The out­door bal­cony is the pre­ferred seat­ing of choice, but to­day the weather keeps us in the am­ple in­door area with more than enough tables for us and other vis­i­tors.

Cars­ing­ton Water

Big Lane

Ash­bourne

Der­byshire, DE6 1ST

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