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Sian Davies, Originally from London I'm now living in Derby and working for Toyota 

Cycling York to Derby - Through the floods!

160 Miles during the wettest month ever on record June 2007!

I put my bike on the train on Saturday and met up with Meg at York Station. Our route followed the sustrans route to Derby - we had to make a few diversions to avoid flooded paths and damaged tracks. 

Our route took us from York through Ricall, Selby, Snaith, Bentley, Sprotbrough, Maltby, Todwick, Worksop, Ravenshead and on to Derby. Unfortunately we had to bypass Sheffield and the riverside path along the River Don! We were amazingly lucky with the weather - only in the last hour of the journey did we cycle through any serious rain!

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The Old Rectory Sprotborough

We couldn't get to Sheffield!

The details!

Derby to York is an excellent route part of The National Cycle Network routes 67, 65, 62 and 6 it also includes part of the Trans Pennine trail. Sustrans have maps
I travelled by train to York - Virgin Trains are happy to take bikes but they must be booked in advance (You can't do this on line). There is good bike storage in the front carriage.

Places to stay

Ricall The Park View Hotel www.parkviewriccall.co.uk Welcoming, happy to store bikes in the garden, good breakfast. Good pubs in the village and a Pizza Restaurant. Good Beer in the Greyhound.

Selby - No accommodation to be found - we cycled back to Ricall! Good fish and chips on the route in to Selby!

Sprotborough - The Old Rectory http://www.theoldrectorydoncaster.co.uk/  Fantastic small hotel managed by Howard and Catherine. Fantastic welcome, bikes stored with the vintage cars in the Garage - we stayed for 2 nights sheltering from the rain - a lovely place to be stuck! Two pubs in the village that do food (the Boat was under six feet of water when we left - hopefully it will recover quickly) We ate at the very good Indian restaurant on Monday night.

Worksop The Tourist Information was closed due to floods when we arrived but they did help when we knocked on the door. We stayed in the Old Bluebell Pub 30 Park Street - they don't advertise accommodation but welcomed 2 cyclists in the floods! Pub food, good beer, big breakfast! Bikes stored in the garage.

Ravenshead - The route through Clumber Park and Sherwood Forest was off road and great fun but it did take ages! We stayed in Ravenshead at Holly Lodge http://www.hollylodgenotts.co.uk/ really comfy, bikes stored in the wood shed, good breakfast with bananas for cyclists. The Larch Farm is an easy walk for food - standard pub grub, good red wine, pub quiz which was fun on a Wednesday night. The Larch Farm also has accommodation but was full.

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