Friday, 31 October 2008
A Ride from Buxton
Buxton to Etwall, Friday 31st October 2008.
Mavis Ratcliffe and Phil Harris were soon back on their bikes after Wednesday's trip to Boston, this time taking their folding bikes on the bus to Buxton and cycling home to Etwall along the Tissington Trail.
Here is their account of the trip.
We boarded the 9.50 Transpeak to Buxton, planning to ride back to Etwall. 2 folders fitted neatly into the coach “hold” (internal luggage rack filled with cases!) and there was more hold room but probably too narrow for extra folders. A very helpful driver advised that we would have had problems if his coach had been a bus as many Transpeak vehicles are. (See first comment - Ed.)
The route to Buxton was along the A6 but the coach diverted left to Chelmorton and we alighted at the junction with the A515 at 10 minutes to midday.
We cycled for 2 “hairy” miles south on the A515 before turning right onto a bridle path, which led us to the High Peak trail. Coffee was enjoyed at Parsley Hay (5 miles) before enjoying a great ride along the well populated Tissington Trail to Ashbourne, arriving at 1.40pm after a total of 19 miles. An excellent cooked lunch was enjoyed at Busy Bees between Sainsburys (no café in store) and the bus station.
We left Ashbourne at 3pm, following a well-signed R68 to Etwall, arriving at 4.30 after a total ride of 34 miles. The weather was dry, sunny and cold (very similar to the Boston ride) but most enjoyable. An excellent day out and thoroughly recommended if anyone would like to try it.
Posted by Les Sims at 21:15