Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Bank Holiday Cycling - The Monsal Trail - Take 2

If you read my previous post, you'll already know that we tried a section of the Monsal Trail while we were on holiday recently, and wanted to try and cycle it again. We only cycled from the Buxton end to Millers Dale Station last time, but we did have to use the steepest section of the Pennine Bridle Path which had already worn us out.

The bank holiday weekend provided an excellent opportunity for us to put the bikes on the car and make our way across the Pennines to the car park at Bakewell Station (a disused railway station near the end of the trail).

Monday, 22 August 2016

The Monsal Trail

While we were on holiday, our campsite was about a mile away from the Monsal Trail, a former disused railway turned into a walking and cycle route. The way to get to the Monsal Trail from our campsite was down part of the Pennine Bridleway, mainly the part which has signage asking riders to dismount, and which Beloved was able to cycle down, but LittleBit and I had to walk!

At the bottom of the Bridle path, where it meets the Monsal Trail, is a cycle hire and tuck shop, which sells ice cream and has a dog, called Dave, who LittleBit immediately fell in love with!

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Poole's Cavern and Grin Low and Buxton Country Park

While we were on holiday, one of our day trips was to Poole's Cavern, which we have visited before, and Grin Low and Buxton Country Park, handily situated above the cavern!

Saturday, 20 August 2016


We went camping. We have developed a liking for not going far (after last year's excursion to Delamere), and so we revisited the Buxton area (we visited with family in May).

We stayed at a campsite a little way outside Buxton, and we went into Buxton almost every day, even if just to visit the shops.

Friday, 19 August 2016

James Martin's Picnic Loaf... well, sort of... ish

As per my previous post, for our day out to Chirk Castle, we made a picnic, the centrepiece of which was our 'ploughmans' version of James Martin's Pic-nic Sandwich loaf.

Well, between us being fussy, and not having the ingredients in, we bodged it. But do you know what, eating it for lunch in the gardens of Chirk castle and looking at views like this; it wasn't right bad!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Another August Post - Pete's Dragon and Chirk Castle

I do remember the original film Pete's Dragon, but not very well. I don't remember the plot, just that Elliott was a cartoon, while the rest of the film was live action, and there was a sea front or something...? Well, that film's older than I am, so the fact that I remember it at all, is good going, right?

Thursday, 11 August 2016

August 2016 - Post 3: An Update

Okay, so, I have finished a few books since my last posts. Not enough to catch up on the 52 book challenge (I'm still 10 books behind, and I don't know if I can finish another one before Sunday, when the week number changes);

Friday, 5 August 2016

August 2016 - Norton Priory.

Away back at the end of 2014 start of 2015, Norton Priory museum closed to be redeveloped, and yesterday (Thursday 4th August) we were invited to a special preview evening before the Museum reopens to the public tomorrow, Saturday 6th August.

We've been able to visit the walled gardens for the past 18months, but it was nice to see the new museum.

The New Front Entrance

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

2016 - August

Already! I know! And it's been two months since my last blog post (which was not the plan).

Not going to bore you all by catching up on the last two months, so let's just kick off, shall we?


Not been doing as well as last year, I have slumped a few times this year, and got all muddled up with 6 on the go at once. So, I'm not allowed to start anything else until I have cleared these down.