Blue Flower

3 Days in The Peak District                         (By Pat & Ger)

The 501 to Sid’s Cafe   2017

Day 1

We started in Dublin and took the ferry to Holyhead. From there we took the quickest route to Glossop which is close to Manchester. Then up to Holmfirth to the Last of the Summer Wine film location .How did I manage not to see a single episode of this famous series that ran for forty years? Sid’s Cafe is still intact and open for business.  Then back to Glossop to take the Snake Pass to Bamford .A very scenic route. Our first night was at the Ladybower Inn looking out at the reservoir lakes .A good watering hole. These lakes were used by the Dam busters for practice during WW 2. The Fry up was even better than Mother Hubbards.

Day 2

                Lovely country roads and lanes to beautiful Edale, the starting point for the “Pennine Way “and the Bikers Inn (Hikers). This was close to Kinder Scout the highest peak in the district. Walkers everywhere. From there we headed for Castleton, a stunning ride through valleys and hills. The windy weather made it even more interesting. Next came Baslow , then on to Bakewell, the biggest town in the district.Matlock Bath seems like a nice place but we didn’t touch down there .                 

Our second stay was at Wheat Sheaf Inn Baslow. Oldie worldy Inn, good food too with friendly staff and the odd smelly walker. I was reminded that it might be a smelly biker? Once again a contender for fry up gold here. Beside Chatsworth House here but due to its opening times we didn’t get to visit, though we did ride through part of the estate.

Day 3

                A lovely ride from Buxton to Prestbury via Macclesfield over the moors. Again a lot of wind to contend with. The road is a busy artery over the hills. Never the less I would recommend this route. We then headed for our third and last stay in Chester. Here we stayed at Roomzzz, a modern tidy apartment type room. Chester lived up to its reputation with its lovely buildings, Castle ruins, Roman amphitheatre and river walks. It’s said to have the prettiest race course in the UK. It’s located within a stone’s throw from the town centre and bordered by the river Dee. A continental job here (breakfast) A quick spin back to Holyhead to catch the return ferry.    

                The Honda performed well and got the thumbs up from the missus. No flies in the teeth burnt skin or numb crotch. 501 miles clocked up door to door.     SEE PHOTOS BELOW



Edale to Castleton 2

Pat on the Pan

The Wheatsheaf Hotel

Sids Cafe