Since moving to Derby we’ve been set on exploring on a smaller scale and finding adventure on our doorstep. This has brought up some totally different adventures, which are possible where ever you live and can be adapted to your own timescale or preferred domain. Check out our microadventures below, and follow our social channels to keep up up with our new challenges.

Historic routes – Great Northern Trail

Adding to the series of runs exploring Derby’s history, this run takes us from a former train station in Mickleover down the old line to Eggington junction through the Derbyshire countryside.

To the end of the canal

A run to the end of the canal, where it, and the River Derwent, join the River Trent and continue on to Nottingham. We’ve discussed the possibility of running the 93.5 miles of the Trent & Mersey Canal at some point, but in visiting this end, we discovered a couple of other ‘end to end’s that we could do. Keep watching as we tick these off!

Exploring a new trail, end to end

On a previous microadventure, we found the start of the Cloud Trail. We decided that once lockdown was over we could run the length of the trail and possibly catch a train back from Loughborough, but instead with lockdown restrictions being eased, we opted to make a day of the adventure, by running down the trail and walking back across the fields and through the woodland.

Finding Green spaces on our doorstep

Ordnance Survey’s Explorer map series are the go-to for hill-walking, but did you know they also have maps that highlight the green spaces across the UK? We used this feature to find our local green spaces during lock down. Check out the video below to see how many we found in 1 run!

27 bridges for 27 years

Last weekend, Andy turned 27 and whilst being in lock down, we decided to head out for a mini adventure race style run. We found something easily identified on the map (bridges) and decided to see if we could hit a target number (27 for Andy’s 27th). While being from out doorstep, we still explored some new paths and came up with some new challenges for when lock down has lifted. Check out the video below to see how we got on!

26 OS map symbols for TwoPointSix

Having the OSMaps app makes it super easy to make routes, where ever you are. Whether you know where you’re going or you’re looking for inspiration. For the London Marathons TwoPointSix challenge, we decided to find 26 unique OS map symbols in real life. How good is your map knowledge? Can you identify all the places we visited?