The focal point is Cloud Quarry, a quite spectacular hole in the ground, and from there we have several options for the return journey, these being indicated later.
The plume of steam is emitted from the cooling towers of Radcliffe-on-Trent Power Station.
Go beneath the vandalised railway bridge to leave the river bank and turn right into Alvaston Park.
Keeping on the Canal Path.
Having crossed Sinfin Moor Lane we head towards Swarkestone Lock
And beneath the A50 trunk road.
From the bridge over the Trent and Mersey Canal looking towards Stenson we see Swarkestone Lock.
The path is in a cutting here so we cannot see the nearby villages of King's Newton and Melbourne. These lovely stone bridges carry local roads across the path, but of Melbourne Station there is (sadly)
This Sustrans milepost stands on the border between Derbyshire and Leicestershire.
Alternatively turn left at the road, cross the A42 bridge and follow the Cloud Trail to Cloud Quarry.
Another return option from here is to follow the outward route back to Derby, and this is the best option if you wish to keep the whole ride off-road.
Otherwise if you wish to continue on to Loughborough, carry on along the path until you reach the public road at the top of the next climb. The remainder of the route is then mainly on public roads, some of them country lanes but others can be busy with traffic. Generally they are well marked as NCN Route 6 or the Garendon Trail. You will pass through Osgathorpe, Belton and Shepshed, before reaching Loughborough, from where you can catch a train back to Derby. A single ticket costs between £5 and £7 dependant on a Railcard.
Finally, as I rode into Lougborough on completion of this survey, the sun was setting on the West side of the A6 road, and I managed to take this final photograph as my camera battery ran flat.