Sunday 10th May saw a group of us (11 people on 9 bikes) meet at our usual place for our ride out.
After fuelling our bikes and bellies with breakfast and Bob convincing Ian that prescription visors were now available for riders requiring corrected vision (an old Billy Connelly joke but still bloody funny when someone falls for it .... sorry Ian), we all set off heading towards Wakefield, out onto Denby Dale Road through Scissett, New Mill and on to Holmfirth.
From Holmfirth we took the fabulous Holme Moss road over the top to Woodhead Pass and then across the reservoir and followed the B6105 into Glossop where we stopped for tea, coffee and toilets.
Taking the A624 from Glossop we headed for Chapel en le Frith where we found the A6187 and headed east into Hope Valley. Bearing left onto a narrow and twisty road we headed through some fantastic Peak District scenery to our second stop in Edale.
Tea and cakes at the 'Penny Pot Cafe' (be rude not to) seemed to suit everyone and back on our bikes again continuing the 'loop' and onto the village of Hope.
A short stint back on the A6187 and then onto more narrow and winding roads through Brough and Bradwell before taking a left onto 'Sir William Hill Road' and climbing high onto a ridge which ran along to 'The Barrel Inn' where we had a photo stop and watched some 'rich' people arrive at the pub in a private helicopter!!!
From here we dropped back into the Village of Eyam and onto the A623 to Calver.
Taking the A625 from Calver through Froggatt and on to Hathersage gave us some nice sweeping bends to negotiate and a glimpse of an old bi-plane (it could have been The Red Barron or Dick Dastardly) flying down the valley to our left.
Though Hathersage we then took the A6013 towards Ladybower reservoir, where our group split, some heading towards Sheffield and Barnsley, the rest of us turning left onto 'Snake Pass' and back to Glossop.
Leaving Sam in Glossop (as she wanted to call and see her sister), the rest of us headed back to Holmfirth the way we had come. After stopping in Holmfirth for a walk round, tea, ice cream etc. we all headed back to Wakefield and home.
I must say it was a pleasure to lead, for the first time, a Wakefield MAG ride out and would like to thank everyone for making it an easy experience and an enjoyable day.
Cheers guys, hope you all enjoyed it.
PS I must also apologise to the good name of our branch 'The Lost Riders' for not upholding the tradition ... LOL