Ahhh, it’s finally summertime! Whilst lots of people enjoy alfresco dining, a spot of gardening and maybe even a dip in the paddling pool, us cyclists know there is nothing better than a summer bike ride. So, we’ve rounded up some of the best cycling routes across Nottingham and the East Midlands.
In our opinion, on the hottest days, the best time to get out and about is either early in the morning or the evening, the cooler temperatures make for a more pleasant ride and we find there is something quite magical about watching the world come alive or go to sleep whilst pedalling through some of the county’s most beautiful spots.
This ride is great as it can go on for as long or as short as you like. If you start in Wilford and go over the suspension bridge you can then ride along the river until you get to Trent Bridge.
Here you have two options –
- Turn right and head into West Bridgford where you could stop off for coffee and nibbles in one of the many bistros and cafés along Central Avenue
- Turn left and take the canal route into town where you can still stop off for refreshments at one of the bars along the waterfront
Whichever way you choose, this bike ride includes sitting on a terrace in the sunshine with a drink in hand – win, win situation!
Carsington Water is based in Ashbourne, Derbyshire so is a little drive out of Nottingham but it’s certainly worth it! It’s a super family-friendly place and great if you’ve got kids in tow.
You can view the cycle routes here: http://www.carsingtonwater.com/pdfs/CSL%20Cycle%20Map%202012.pdf
Don’t worry if you don’t have a bike rack for your car, you can hire bikes there with the prices as follows:
Erewash Valley Cycle Trial
Here you will find over 30 miles of waterway and countryside in a circular walking and cycling route on the border between Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Take in the whole trail and you’ll ride through Eastwood, Trowell, Beeston, Attenborough, Long Eaton, Stapleford and Ilkeston.
The trial is brimming with wildlife, so it’s easy to see how it has inspired famous authors such as D.H. Lawrence and Alan Sillitoe.
If you want a little more information before you commit yourself to the 30 mile ride you can find it here: http://www.experiencenottinghamshire.com/explore/culture/erewash-valley-cycle-trail-p614851
Well we hope these will keep you busy for a few summer days at least!