The day started out a little over cast and chilly on setting off to meet the crew at the Redbeck for our ride into Derbyshire but soon brightened up when we arrived to find there were 16 people on 14 bikes turned out for the ride! We had a good L-plate showing too with three of our crew (congratulations to Ashley who's since passed his MOD 2)!
We got underway taking a back street route to get to Newmillerdam and onwards towards Barnsley where the sun finally made a showing and didn't leave us the whole rest of the day (the sun always shines on't Tarn tho, eh Bob?). We passed Cawthorne and took a left down North Lane to finally find Millhouse Green and crossed the A616 to the Langsett Reservoir and finally into the technical up-hill-and-down-dale hairpins of the Strines. We'd already by this point had a couple of folks miss turn offs and have to be 'retrieved'!
The line spread out somewhat as we opened it up a bit down the Snake Pass but we all met up again just before Glossop where we decided it was time for the first tea stop of the day at the Glossop Cafeteria; an always popular biker stop off.
Chas took this opportunity before we lost any more members to spring the raffle on us, and miracles do happen with Mick winning!
Bob decided to take the scenic route back home at this point and the rest of headed out to Marple and on to Disley taking in some lovely roads and scenery on Mudhurst/Higher Lane and the B5470 to finally find the west end of the Cat and Fiddle, A537. Under the watchful eye of the many speed cameras we sensibly wound our way to find our lunch stop at the very popular Peak View Tearoom, and we took the opportunity to take some 'track side' pics of our fellows arriving! I think we all were in agreement that it was a good choice, the food and ice cream was top notch.
After lunch we finished the C&F and some of us topped up fuel on the outskirts of Buxton where our next 'who are we following?' moment occurred as Mark decided to head down into town to make his way home for work, and we lost a few of our crew following him! Not that my bike's particularly conspicuous ... being bright yellow!!! The rest of us headed in the right (opposite) direction and pulled into a car park to wait for them to realise the error of their ways. When they reappeared we welcomed them back with a hearty greeting for the ears and the eyes; I never realised how many hand gestures I knew.
We headed momentarily back out on the C&F and took a left off on the A54 towards Allgreave with a left at the Rose and Crown Inn, and after passing Burntcliff Top we crossed the A53 at the Winking Man Pub and onto the brilliant and scenic Blakelow Road.
We started heading back north up the B5053, through Warslow, through Longnor along the B5055 to Bakewell where we arrived at pretty much 4pm just in time for the shops closing! We had a little reccie and it was decided that most folks wanted to take a fairly direct route back; the roads had been good, the weather stonking but a decent lunch and hot weather had kicked in and it was time to start winding things down. Everyone left to make their direct way home leaving me and James to take a scenic, winding route back on our own to Hathersage and to do the Snake Pass once more before heading along Woodhead Road and up to Holme Moss where we failed spectacularly to fly a kite in front of a load of other bikers! (Ice creams were good from the van though). It was a great showing from the MAG lot and we made a new friend in Martin, introduced to us by Dave and Ash. The weather was very kind to us and the roads were incredible. Thanks to all that came and made it such a great day and thanks as always to Chas, our formidable back marker.
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