So we have just had 3 nights camping in Derbyshire which was a little damp 😉
We were at Ballidon Moor Farm Caravan Park which was excellent (although no phone signal using 3 mobile), a great position and good facilities.
Although only away for 3 nights we achieved a number of firsts for us.
- As there were only 3 of us we put the 3 bikes in the car. This worked really well!
- The bikes stayed much cleaner and dryer
- It was much quicker and easier than putting on the roof carriers
- Obviously they were more secure than putting them on any external bike carrier
- On Wednesday it included our first day ride with Jane on her new bike.
- We did 19.2 miles together (see the route on Strava). We started at the campsite and after a short steep road climb joined the High Peak Trail and then the Tissington Trail to finish at Tissington. After lunch I left Jane and Stephen there and rode on to collect the car to bring them back to the site.
- I have uploaded three videos of the ride.
- We really enjoyed the ride 🙂
- We joined the High Peak trail at Longcliffe heading for Parsley Hay. It was very quiet until we joined the Tissington Trail but it did have quite a few farm gates and was pretty narrow in places.
- The Tissington Trail was (for gravel) a good surface from a mile or so south of Parsley Hay. But it was busy and for quite long stretches much too narrow for the amount of traffic it was carrying. In the direction we were going it was almost entirely downhill (10 miles of downhill is amazing!).
- The views were wonderful and thanks to Victorian Railway engineering the gradients were fantastic.
- Tissington was a great place for us to finish. Fortunately we beat both the rush and the rain to get lunch at Old Coach House Tea Rooms. While I went for the car Jane and Stephen went to the Candle Workshop, Vintage Sweet Shop and Methodist Chapel.
- On the Tuesday after we had visited Bakewell I tested the route starting just north of Parsley Hay at Sparklow thru Tissington and back to the campsite (see it on Strava) that was 15.7 miles after heavy rain for many hours.
- It rained pretty constantly during the ride so there were lots of big puddles. I was riding my Stoater for the first time in these sorts of conditions since I fitted the mudflaps on the bottom of the mudguards. They worked brilliantly. I could watch water gushing down the front mudguard and not hitting me. When I went through deeper puddles the bottom of the mudflap hit the solid water and knocked it away from me. I was amazed at how dry I stayed and how clean the bike stayed despite hammering through the puddles at high speed.
- My Bike for Life is incredibly comfortable and sure footed on these surfaces whatever the weather thanks to the combination of
- At the same time I love that the combination of Gates Belt Drive, Rohloff Hub Gears, full mudguards and mudflaps keep bith me clean and the bike clean while needing no maintenance after such a wet sticky gravel ride.
- On the Monday after we had setup camp. I rode to Matlock where Jne and Stephen joined me for dinner.
- The 12 mile ride is on Strava (and included a fair bit of climbing, although never down to 1st gear)
- I have uploaded a video of the first part of the ride (to Cromford)
Anyway a good break with some great riding.