Sunday 17 October 2021

Ashbourne from Derby

NCN Routes 54, 549 and 68 diverge here, about 7 miles West of Derby.

As it says 14 miles on NCN 68 to Ashbourne, mostly on quiet country lanes.

Onto the road here at Barleyfields Equestrian Centre.
The route is well marked with these substantial posts. Thanks to Derbyshire County Council.

On the right, the entrance to The Tara (Buddhist) where there is an excellent cafe.

The Tara Centre has over the years, been a hospital and a school.

Sutton-on-the-Hill Church

Good signing by DCC.

Old water mill at Longford, now a private house.

Left here.

Right here.

Left here.

Follow sign to Alkmonton.

The Shirehorse at Wyaston. Good place to stop for liquid refreshment.

Pass the Golf Club.

Freewheel here down and beneath the Ashbourne by-pass, but steep climb ahead.

Left here through modern housing estate but keep following NCN R68 signs.

Right turn here onto main road (A52).

We meet some traffic on the A52 going into Ashbourne, but watch out for left turn to pass Swimming Pool.

Right here.

Ashbourne Swimming Pool. Keep straight on.

The old railway tunnel marks the start of the Tissington Trail section of the Pennine Cycleway, leading to Buxton along the disused railway route