The sun is out at Ladybower Reservoir

The sun is out

Oh wow what beautiful weather we are having, the sun is out. Not only is the sun shining but it is extremely warm. Everyone who lives or is visiting the Peak District have come out of their homes to go walking or cycling. The ducks on the river are being well fed by the children in Bakewell and all the local cafe’s and pubs are being enjoyed by everyone.
Both the road cyclists and the mountain bikers are out in their huge numbers eating up the miles in the warm weather and then stopping in the villages for their fuel (locally made flapjack and cakes) to help them up the next hill on the next part of their ride. Ladybower Reservoir, still full and over flowing and looking spectacular from the many months of winter rain and snow. It is very popular in this lovely weather with groups of walkers and cycling families, roadies and mountain bikers alike. The area is even more special as the surrounding fields are full of tiny lambs and even some new born calves.
The daffodils are now out in full bloom, our trees and bushes are budding which is making our scenery change daily. The ground is drying out so the mountain bikers are able to go off road more, up on top of our mountains across our hills and back down again all without too much mud splashing in their faces. It’s also lovely to see all the motor cyclist and soft top cars out again making the most of this welcome change in the weather.
This last weekend, Graham and a cycling buddy went to marshal at a junction on the British Heart Foundation Peak District MTB Challenge. There were over 400 riders taking part across both of the routes, one route was 69 Km with 2180m of climbing and the other, 37Km with 1080m of climbing. All in all what a great ride enjoyed by everyone taking part. What a nice coincidence, as a couple staying at our B&B last weekend were marshals on the same cycle event and then the following day they were marshals at the Chatsworth 10k run.
Today we have just heard the date has been provisionally set for Saturday 22nd September for the Hope Valley Mountain Bike Challenge. For any mountain bikers wishing to take part keep checking their website www.hopevalleymbc.co.uk for confirmation of the date, times and application form. At the point of typing this we still have availability if you want to book to stay over that weekend.

Ever changing scenery in the Peak District

What an amazing month we have had with ever changing scenery in the Peak District. We went from cloudy and drizzling rain to beautiful snow covered white fields, roads and hills overnight, with the added feature of wind, which caused some amazing snow drifts.
The weather made mountain biking very interesting, beautiful scenery but slippery trails with some carrying of the bikes through and over the very deep snow drifts. Then the snow all melted and the local mountain bikers, road riders started cheering as we could all see the first signs of spring. The snowdrops held their heads up high and the daffodils started their journey upwards only to be halted again by fierce winds and heavy snow over night. A few days later we had beautiful clear blue skies, warmer temperatures and the only snow left was against the walls around the edges of the fields and heaped up on the edges of the road. Hopefully spring had finally sprung.

We are receiving information about some future local events, The Grindleford Goat a charity sportive to raise funds for the Local community shop on the 23rd September. Eroica, which is on June 17th and is open to all ages and abilities as long as you have an old bike, if not they are even available to hire for the day. More details available at http://www.eroicabritannia.co.uk and http://www.grindlefordgoat.co.uk

Soon we should be able to get hold of the Well dressing Calendar, which we will post on our website. These spectacular floral pictures take place all over the Peak District and a lot of them are in villages local to us.

Bookings at Manor Farm Bed and Breakfast are picking up with Easter upon us, the weather warming up and longer daylight hours on the way. So if your thinking about a break in the beautiful Peak District, now is the time to book with us, while there is still some availability.

Should we go for a mountain bike ride or walk?

Hassop Station and Bakewell loop

Another beautiful sunny but cold day here in the Peak District National Park.
The big decision, to go Mountain biking, walking or for a gentle family bicycle ride.

We decided on a walk starting from Hassop Station Cafe, where we had a lovely beef brisket ciabatta roll for lunch, which set us up nicely for the walk to come. Then it was off east, along the Monsal Trail to the picturesque town of Bakewell, where of course we had to have a Bakewell pudding for our pudding. After a lovely amble through the unique selection of shops we walked alongside the River Wye to Ashford in the Water and then cross country, passing Ashford Hall, Thornbridge Hall and Churchdale Hall, how the other half live!

A total of about six and a half miles and three and a half hours of fresh air.