In God’s country

Yesterday, 10th August 2012, I did something I’ve not done this year properly. I rode the Peak District. Although I did the Monsal Trail back in spring, due to the weather and work commitments I’ve not been able to get in a ‘proper’ century. This I rectified. And about time, too…

I cycled up to Cromford early, and had breakfast, then up the High Peak Trail to Parsley Hay. After a spot of lunch, back to Tissington on the Tissington Trail, before dipping into Dovedale, to Ilam. From Ilam, up through Steeplehouse and Throwley to Calton, and the top of the Weaver Hills. From here, a sharp descent to Ellastone, across country to Sudbury via Marston Montgomery, then back home down the A515.

112 miles in all, and a cracking warm, sunny, summery ride, and the Peak District was at it’s best. I know this stuff probably belongs more on 365daysofbiking, but I really love sharing it. A real tonic to the soul.

Cromford village pond. 9:30am Friday, 10th August 2012.

Cromford Incline, the start of the High Peak Trail. About 250 metres in a mile. 10:32am, Friday, 10th August 2012.

Cromford and Dene Quarry from near Black Rock. 10:41am, Friday, 10th August 2012.

Longcliffe. 12:09pm, Friday, 10th August 2012.

The joy of the trail, near Hoe Grange. 12:15pm, Friday, 10th August 2012.

Minninglow Great Barrow, a very pagan place. 12:18pm, Friday, 10th August 2012.

The cycling Mecca that is Parsley Hay station. Great cheese oatcakes, and endless bike-related discussions. 1:05pm, Friday, 10th August 2012.

Ilam schoolhouse, a lovely bit of architecture. 4:36pm, Friday, 10th August 2012.

The ruins of Throwley Hall. A fair old climb. 5:28pm, Friday, 10th August 2012.

The weaver Hills. Nothing up here apart from sheep. 6:41pm, Friday, 10th August 2012.

A book exchange, in a phone box, in Marston Montgomery. Only in England would this be possible. 7:20m, Friday, 10th August 2012.

On the way home. The Trent at King’s Bromley. 8:36pm, Friday, 10th August 2012.

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4 Responses to In God’s country

  1. Pedro says:

    Thanks for sharing, brings back memories of 259 miles at 2 miles an hour!

    All the best Pedro

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