My idea was to use it for local errands and, more importantly, to explore distant lands outwith the borders of Derbyshire. Take a train trip to exotic places and then ride and explore. This post is about one such trip.
Now many people would not think of Stoke-on-Trent as being exotic but it is situated on the Trent and Mersey Canal and so has cycle routes to some local places.
Being an Old Age Pensioner and having purchased a Senior Citizens Railcard getting to places is quite affordable and so I set off from Derby to Stoke with Belisha
The canal path is adjacent to the railway station and so soon I was on my way and it was not long before I saw a symbol of this area's historic heritage and why the area is known as ' The Potteries '
The Bottle Kilns were common in this area and , firstly the canals, and later the railways, were used to transport clay in and goods out.
Moving all this stuff is hard work and so to assist small wagons were built and a selection of them have now been converted for use as seats where people can rest and watch the world go by.
Once out of the city and into the countryside the scenery gets greener and one soon encounters some of the many canal boats which still use this waterway.
These waterways also act as a great haven for wildlife as both the heron and I enjoyed the tranquil surroundings
After about 15 km I approached my destination
The canal path was good for cycling, the only real problem being the tree roots disturbing the surface making for a bumpy ride in parts
and then it was time to stop for coffee
The return journey meant just retracing my steps but the weather turned to biblical proportions with thunder, lightening and torrential rain so no stops for photographs. Indeed the weather only relented once I had reached the shelter of Stoke Railway Station but I did not let the weather dampen my spirits and now I am planning my next trip out with Belisha.