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 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.

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.

Tideswell Dale in the winter sunshine

Tideswell Dale makes a lovely starting point for a pleasant four mile walk, taking in the village of Litton, with its traditional Peak District pub , The Red Lion, and small café on the green where you can take a leisurely refreshment stop. The route takes you past Litton Mill, beautifully converted to apartments which is alongside the River Wye flowing onto Cressbrook and beyond. A small detour up a tough flight of steps, will take you up onto the top to see the disused quarry in the Dale, where they used to extract Basalt, crush it and use in road building . The whole area is rich in wildlife, birds and many varieties of plants and flowers, indeed on todays walk we saw a yellow wagtail playing on the side of stream running along the path down the Dale and a kestrel hovering while spotting its lunch.