Take great care with the Sustrans route numbers, unlike roads, two different and separate routes can have the same number. An eccentricity that can only happen in cycling where we accept the heritage for what it is. If you are a stranger It is probably best to follow the cycle route signs for areas than follow numbers.
Regional Routes are signed with a white number on a blue background and National Routes have a white number on a red background.
Both Route 54 and Route 68 start in Derby town centre. From here Route 68 will take you North to Berwick-on-Tweed in 300+ Miles. Leaving route 54 at Etwall it follows the road, rising to Ashbourne and the Tissington trail. If it is hills you love this is the route to take. Whilst Route 54 continues West to Birmingham and its canals, which is an interesting and varied route making a days ride to Lichfield and back from Derby.
There is also an excellent ride to Uttoxeter if you follow the R54 White Peak loop, Yes still on the R54. Confusing? Take care, Sustrans route numbering leaves a lot to be desired.
Route 6 passes through Derby from Leicester and continues onwards to York (154 miles further North). At Long Eaton it connects up with NCN Route 67 and the Nutbrook trail ideal for Leisure riding, or continues through Nottingham and to York. From Derby on Route 6, if you take the southern (Leicester) direction it is flat easy riding, taking in the canals and rail track to Cloud hill, Lount and beyond.
National Route 66 starts at Breadsall and continues out North West, ending at this time in Lime Lane Morley. It is not yet completed, but already with the makings of one of the most interesting routes in the area. It will eventually progress onward to Stanton, West Hallem and Ilkeston.
Regional route 66 is the orbital cycle route around Derby. 26 miles long it is mainly using the quieter roads between suburbs, so can make an excellent evening workout. It’s direct connections between suburbs also mean that it is often quicker taking the bike along the Orbital rather than take a car through town.
Note: there is a National Route 66 and a Regional Route 66, to help identify the regional route also has a shield marker like the American Route 66