Before I catch up with more of last week’s exploits, here’s a quick entry from yesterday’s ‘Big Macc Ramble’, a short but exhilarating bike ride in the Peak District that can be enjoyed after a lie in and still get me home for lunch.
Suffice to say, it was a beautiful day, though fairly cool as confirmed by the frost on pictures taken late into the morning.
The only people I saw on the first hour or so of the ride, until joining the road at the Stanley Arms, were five trial bikers. They set a good tone for the day, with friendly waves, as they headed past me up Charity Lane, where as usual I parked up for a while in view of Shining Tor and the Cat & Fiddle, as well as the plains of Greater Manchester.
You can see from the picture below that neither Berghaus nor any other purveyor of outdoor clothing has seen fit to issue me with any ‘bottom of the range item of equipment’ that might smarten my cycling persona! Some of us need all we can get…
By the time the Inn was reached there were increasing numbers of people self-evidently enjoying the blue sky day. It was a pleasure to encounter so many happy and friendly people, be they cyclists or walkers. As I enjoyed a cuppa and some brownies across the road from the Inn, a group of four mountain bikers assembled after an hour and a half’s journey from Nottingham, to enjoy a ride on which the long descent to the ford across Cumberland Brook would be one of the highlights. I waited for them on a frosty bank by the ford to take a few pictures as they crossed the brook. [Let me know if you’d like to have the originals, I’m afraid they aren’t very good.]
Soon I was atop Nessit Hill, admiring fine views down to Trentabank and Ridgegate Reservoirs, with Teggsnose Reservoir tucked in to the left of Tegg’s Nose in the background. I lingered here before swooping (but slowing down to alert and avoid scaring walkers) down the excellent track that leads in just a few minutes back to the Leather’s Smithy – seen below at the far corner of Ridgegate Reservoir.
Here’s what the Garmin Gadget thought of this little excursion: