Near the place I’m renting in Rugby is a section of the disused Great Central Line (it used to run from Manchester to Marylebone via Sheffield and Nottingham, and the only bit still in use is between Aylesbury and London).
The Rugby part is in a long cutting, and has been turned into a nature reserve. It’s also part of route 41 of the National Cycle Network. So this afternoon I dusted off the bike and tried it out. Despite not having ridden for many months (certainly since last year), I found it fairly easy to get down to Draycote Water, a large reservoir about 5 miles out of town. There are some great views of the Warwickshire countryside on the way, and I saw some Alpacas at Toft.