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.

Ladybower Reservoir full

With all the rain and snow in the recent weeks the triple reservoirs of Ladybower, Derwent and Howden are full to overflowing. The highest reservoir , Howden, when full overflows its dam and pours into Derwent reservoir which in turn overflows into Ladybower which has two “plug holes”to take the overflowing water under its dam and into the River Derwent.

The area is popular amongst walkers, joggers and cyclists alike, with many fantastic mountain biking routes taking you up onto the top of the hills surrounding the reservoirs with the potential to go onto Langsett over Cut Gate or into the valleys of Hope and Edale with their comprehensive network of bridleways.