Around Burton Upon Trent (DIY, Audax, 100km)

A great ride, full of stone artefacts (churches and archways) and photo opportunities

Arriving home from work the sun was out and the temperature was just warm! I thought a quick 100km spin from home would be a great way to spend the afternoon, I was right! Taking the usual road to Uttoxeter, I stopped at Hilderstone to have a quick look at the church. It occurred to me that I had never taken a photograph of the church. As I headed through Uttoxeter I waved at the Bull as I went around the roundabout. This marks a change in the roads, as they are much quieter except when you pass Sudbury Hall. St Pauls at Scropton was another landmark that I pass but never stop to look at, I did this time.

The roads are fast and the going was good, although a little cold. Turning at Willington for Repton was like joining a slow-moving A’road. The Church at Repton was very impressive alongside the adjoining Abbey, although it looks like a school or offices now. A few miles up the road is Stapenhill Cemetery Archway which is also very impressive. This section of the road was much quieter except when you go through the built-up areas.

The road continues past the power station and to Walton-on-Trent where you cross the river Trent using a single lane bridge, but there is a walkway/ path on one side. A few minutes later you are in Barton-under-Needwood which has an impressive church set back from the main road. Looking at Google images I should have taken the time to cycle to the other side of the Church as it looks much more impressive. I had intended to have a cafe stop here but it was so busy with parents and students leaving school that I just kept going.

The roads become very quiet as you undulate through the countryside. I was taken back when the Church of The Holy Angels at Hoar Cross appeared from behind the trees. I can only describe it as a mini-cathedral. It would be interesting to have a look inside, but it was starting to go dark and I did not have a front light, so I pushed on.

Rather than taking the main road back to Meir Heath (the road I came out on) I opted for the small back roads which I have never used before. I would definitely use these roads again as the climbs are less server and there were very few cars.

Rather than taking the main road back to Meir Heath (the road I came out on) I opted for the small back roads which I have never used before. I would definitely use these roads again as the climbs are less steep and there were very few cars.

What a great ride, I would definitely do this route again but stopping to look at these landmarks in more detail.

Rather than taking the main road back to Meir Heath (the road I came out on) I opted for the small back roads which I have never used before. I would definitely use these roads again as the climbs are less server and there were very few cars.

What a great ride, I would definitely do this route again but stopping to look at these landmarks in more detail.