Friday, June 3, 2011

Signing ride to Notts.

Yes, we left the County. That's partly because Chris Thompson's stretch of NCN 48 extends to Hickling Basin, just inside Notts, but also not totally unlinked to the existence of a nice pub at the Basin, and it being VERY hot on the route on Thurs. 2nd June! Chris has now run the two signing rides needed to cover all his extensive patch this year - and can report on these when we meet at the Western on 13th. June.

We started at Rearsby ford, where we ran out of time on the first ride on 28 April, after covering the stretch of NCN 48 from Birstall to that point. Then there's a long spin up the Wreake Valley to Asfordby, at which point NCN 48 turns north, and it starts to get more serious for the flatland dwellers and cyclists, like me. Gradually up over the Wolds, along reasonably traffic-free lanes, then to the top of Green Hill. From that point, there's a marvellous view out over the Vale of Belvoir, then a few miles on through a chain of pleasant villages. The route is signed by the County Council up to Nether Broughton, but not finally defined after that, though the blue dotted line on Sustrans online mapping shows the hoped-for route through Nottinghamshire.

Signing is generally clear and adequate. We noted a few points where an extra 're-assurance' sign could be justified, a couple of places where 'gardening' was needed, one change needed to the Sustrans online mapping, and some nice pubs. Invert that list if you prefer! The wishlist for changes to the permanent signing will now be put to Leics County Council for their reaction.

For me, a hell of a nice change from concentrating indoors on the details of the not very pretty signage along NCN 6 from Birstall to City Centre, which I've been stuck into for the last 6 weeks, and a thoroughly enjoyable day :-))

No piccies though: go see it for yourselves!

Keith