To Pilsley

Thursday 4 July. 

Up in good time, which is easy when sunrise is at 5.30, another hearty breakfast and then headed North, destination, the Peak District. Oh my, there were some steep uphill (some walking up them) and some very fast downhills.

I loved the country side where there were lots of little green fields, all bordered by green hedges and oak trees. The village houses were all bigger gray stone blocks, tall and square with little windows. Then,up on the Downs the fields were larger and had gray stone walls. It was wild and windy and exciting.



We had lunch in the little square at Ashbourne which was really pretty and decorated in colorful bunting. Glorious gardens and window boxes everywhere. Lovely riding up and down and a detour to Winster to find somewhere to repair Peter’s broken pannier.


Finally, beautiful Bakewell and a last 5 ks to Pilsley village. Total 60ks.  We are staying in the divine Holly Cottage (17th century building)  and I have already told Peter to keep riding and leave me here. We were welcomed by Sarah with large slices of home  made Victoria sponge cake and shown to our exquisite ‘blue room’.  Had a wonderful meal at the Devonshire Arms Pub. Had to walk the whole 100 meters there, a great chat with the locals and a lovely stroll around the village. It is 9.45 pm and we have just stopped to admire the sunset. Bliss!

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