Thursday, 7 June 2012

Peak District Camping

A British bank holiday weekend. I should have known how much it would rain, but I had been lulled into a false sense of security by the recent stunning weather and thus we packed on the optimistic side.
My cycle club, The Rough Stuff Fellowship's annual family friendly camping trip was just south of Buxton in the Peak District. By Saturday night 6 tents and one caravan were errected and we ate cake and chatted in Brian's communal tent.
Then the rain really started!!
I think around sunday into monday's wee hours we probably had a solid 30 hours of heavy rain.  We joined with a neighbouring faction of the group (North Peak South Pennine group) for a ride into Bakewell and along the Monsall Trail - which is beautiful and well worth a trip - an easy ride along an old railway line. Alas due to the amount of precipitation, I didnt take many photos.

A lovely view between tunnels on the Monsall Trail

My feet got so wet that I changed my socks, put carrier bags on and then S found me a new pair of shoes.  Having warm dry feet put the cheeriness back in my peddling after the lunch stop and I started enjoying things a bit more. Next time I'm packing those wet weather shoe covers no matter what the forecast says!!

By Monday the rains had stopped and thankfully the inside of the tent had remained dry!! Then we set off for the Tissington Trail into some sunshine.

The sunshine brought the crowds out and it was slow going on the trail due to the volume of walkers and other cyclists. We carried on to the end of the trail at the cute little town of Ashbourne for lunch.  The return route was to be back on the trail, but Stephen & I decided to extend our route and see a bit more of the area, so along with Eddie we left the main group and headed for Carsington Water.
A lovely ride with stunning views through very pretty tiny villages. It was beautiful. Carsington Water was busy with walkers and midges.

Coming down that hill where those cars are was so much fun!

Carsington Water

After a very big hill we joined the High Peak trail which took us right back to the campsite. We cut the camping trip short by a day since more rain was due. A lovely area that I hope to explore again soon for a longer trip in better weather.

breather after a long climb up to this cycle track.

Tent demolished!

1 comment:

  1. thanks for stopping by the blog earlier today. i love reading your stories about bike touring and camping! i'll be putting together a post about touring in the Bay Area soon. keep a look out!