A lovely Spring day saw us off on the bikes to Shardlow. The route through Beeston, Chilwell, Attenborough and Long Eaton though not scenic (but easy going -apart from the 15mph headwind) took us first to Trent Locks, for tea and scones at the quaint tea rooms and then onto Shardlow via Church Wilne and a footbridge. It is over 7 years since I visited the canal tea rooms with my CTC biking buddies, but after a small amount of detective work (after all - they had to be along the canal somewhere) we found them.
The way back, from Trent locks to Nottingham along the Canal path was scenic and easy, the wind that so resisted us on the outward journey, now pushed us homeward.
Back at 1730 we had covered a total distance of 34 miles and averaged over 10mph.