Part 1 – Long Eaton to Mountsorrel.
The first section through Long Eaton and onto Sawley was pretty uneventful to be fair and highlights included Tesco Long Eaton and Sawley Marina. The public rights of way around the marina itself could do with some signage being installed to assist the rambler or cyclist. Eventually after wandering around a farm that unfortunately didn’t have any cows to entertainment me or be photographed, the farmers daughter directed me to the Midshires Way heading south – for some time through fields with crops knee high, which was nice when cycling on a racer.
Onto a minor tarmac track towards Kegworth I passed over the A453 – due to be widened over the next few years. The power station is Ratcliffe on Sour.
Between Kegworth and Loughborough alongside the A6 looking to the east, the area is completely rural.
Loughborough. Originally my destination, but on arrival it didn’t seem like a day could be sustained here so I continued south knowing that Leicester was only another 10miles or so.
The Great Central Railway. This is the Loughborough to Leicester section and unusually for a preserved railway has a twin track arrangement.
Heading towards Quorn.
Through Quorn and onto Mountsorrel. This apparently was the butter market in Mountsorrel, now an outdoor seating area for a cafe.