Run to Newark Barge
Riders: Andre, Val and Pop
Time: 0930 to 1615 Mileage 165
The weather forecast was for the wind to ease off from yesterdays gales and for 0% chance of rain, so the ride was on. Pop and I had tried to do this rideout some months ago but his rear brake had seized and it had to be abandoned.
So we three set off from the Keel at 0930 and took the A628 out towards Doncaster, the traffic was light and we made good progress. Turning left at the Hickleton crossroads we followed the road (B6422) round Brodsworth through Pickburn and along Green Lane to the A638 at Highfields. Turning left we then ventured along the B1220 to the A19 going north and turning right in Askern onto Moss Road. Now the interesting section of the ride was to start, this section has some really nice roads and the traffic is normally light. We made our way through Moss and Kirkhouse Green eventually crossing the River Don at Stainforth. So far we had exceeded where Pops brake had seized last time so it was looking good. From Stainforth via Hatfield onto the A19 northwards for a few miles then turning right onto the Sandtoft Road passing through Sandtoft, Beltoft and on to West Butterwick where we arrived at the Trent and turn south along Trent Side.
This was the first time I had been down this section of road and I found it to be great fun, Val and Pop found it to be bumpy, you can’t have everything. We followed the west bank all the way past Owston Ferry and on down to West Stockwith where we had to leave the west bank and head inland in a general southerly direction passing through such places Sundown Adventureland, Rampton, Ragnall and other very minor roads avoiding the A1 to meet the A616 just a few miles outside Newark. The Castle Barge is ust over the river bridge on the left and has a car park not 5 metres away. We parked up the three bikes in one parking space then looked to see if there were any bike only places. There was but in a awkward place and too close the pedestrian walkway, so we left the bikes where they were and to satisfy the parking notice Pop bought a 50p ticket and stuck it on his bike. So popping into the empty barge we order drinks and a bite to eat a sat outside, only to find an obnoxious traffic warden saying ‘you can’t park your bikes here!!’, why not asked Pop “we have paid for the space as you can see by the ticket”, to which she replied ‘you CAN’T park your bikes there there are marked spaces etc etc’ so we eventually had to move them. We were watched by her and her assistant from a distance just to make sure.
The run homeward was mostly done a ‘A’ roads with a lot more traffic. Stating along the A617 westwards to Mansfield followed by the A38 under the M1 past Alfreton to Ambergate turning right on the Derby Road towards Matlock Bath for a fish and chip stop. They were superb and are recommended. From the Bath we travelled north on the A6 through Darley Dale, turning right at Rowlsey on through Beeley, past Chatsworth, Grindleford, Hathersage, Ladybower, The strines meeting the A616 Stocksbridge Bypass at Midhopestones where Val and Pop turned right to go home whilst I crossed over and went through Penistone back to Barnsley.
A most enjoyable ride and worth doing.
KMZ Log Files
Interested in the route taken for the trip, please find below the link to the KMZ log file. This files can be loaded into Google Earth to see an overview of the route taken.
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