By Richard Attwood
Midlands Meander – Langley Mill to Leicester with Sustrans. Train assist from Sheffield, then routes 67 + 6.
Overall: A lovely train assisted day ride on quiet routes, mostly well signed, mainly traffic free. Some minor roads and cyclepaths on or alongside busier roads, especially approaching Leicester.
Surfaces/Bike type: Mainly good smooth mixed surfaces, occasionally rough stone. OK for any everyday bike with reasonable tyres.
Mapping: To both plan the ride and during it for broad directions I used:
Cyclestreets. Breaking the route into 5 roughly = sections…
Langley mill to Sandiacre:
Sandiacre to Alvaston Park:
Alvaston Park to Worthington:
Worthington to Loughborough:
Loughborough to Leicester:
(Plus resorted to Google map/location a couple of times.)
Mileage: approx 55 total. 8 miles or so less if you finish the ride at Loughborough.
Ride time: approx 6.5 hrs in the saddle, then add time for any cafe/history board/view stops. An hour or so less if finish at Loughborough.