It’s not very often you come across a group that chooses to do a cycle camp across County lines, but one Leicestershire group did just that, and Leicestershire Media tagged along to follow their progress.
With nine Scouts, two Explorers and 4 leaders along with a support vehicle, the group set off on the 54 mile round trip from their base at Thorpe Acre. They caught National Cycle Route 6 from behind their base, which starts from Central London and runs Through Leicestershire including Market Harborough, Leicester City, towns and villages leading to Loughborough onto Derby.
The route is well sign posted and avoids major roads, as the vast majority runs along Cycle paths. Of course Scouts being Scouts were going to have a bit of banter as the rode along the route to keep themselves entertained, from signalling Lorries over the M1 to hoot, singing songs that have 99 versus.
They had several breaks along the way to allow slower riders to catch up, Halfway along the Cloud Trail Greenway, an old Railway now part of the route, on a bridge overlooking the river Trent one Scout was invested. From there they made their way along the canal and stopped for lunch at Swarkestone Lock.
All fed and watered, the group made their way along the route to Alvastone Park in central Derby where they had beverages and a trial on their famous BMX track before heading off back on their journey.
The group continued on their Journey through landmarks such as Silk Mill Park and Derby Cathedral, then changing to route 54 at Parker’s Piece, then out into Little Eaton finishing for the night at Drum Hill Camp site, where they all setup their Hammocks before cooking their dinner on Trangias.
Day two saw the group preparing after breakfast for their return journey, pretty much everything in reverse with a couple of differences. Rain fell most of Their return journey, but the cafe manager at Alvastone Park laid on snacks for the group complimentary of the park, and after that and hot chips the group continued their ride back knocking two hours of their previous day’s time.