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    • Day 21

      A Day in rhe Peak District

      September 19, 2019 in England ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

      A fabulous day. Met Gill and Bob for breakfast and they had worked out a plan for the day - our one full day together. Instead of wandering round Buxton, they took us round the area in the car, visiting and passing through so many picturesque villages - stone houses, pretty gardens - going on 2 walks - one beside a small stream and at the end of the day we went up to a high rocky edge which we walked up and what a wonderful view from the top over the whole countryside. And again it was perfect weather! After starting quite cold in the morning (about 10° I think) it warmed up until we only needed t-shirts walking in the sun. Then deliciously cools off again after sunset. This wonderful weather now makes me nervous for what will be in store for us next week!

      A highlight of the day was a visit to Chatsworth - the Stately Home and estate of the dukes of Devonshire. It is in this area so we drove in and parked and walked round the grounds. It is enormous and you can pay quite a lot and visit inside the house and garden, but that would be a serious several hours, so we walked and admired from outside.

      One small town we stopped in was Bakewell, very pretty, where we bought cheese and had a tea break, with their local specialty Bakewell tart, and we stopped for a beer and nibbles before we did the walk up the ridge. So we were nicely hungry when we returned to Buxton and had a Thai meal. We had seen the restaurant last night and that it was busy and full so thought we’d try it. Excellent, and now ready for bed.
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    • Day 51

      Chatsworth House

      June 14 in England ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Continuing our tour of Derbyshire, today we headed out to Chatsworth House. But our first stop was the village of Bakewell... home of the famous Bakewell Pudding and Bakewell Tart. Of course, we had to have one.

      Then on to Chatsworth House... a stately home on a 1,000 acre block. We were too cheap to spend the money to see the inside, but the grounds were quite lovely. Lots of sheep... we had to stop a number of times when a lamb decided to cross the road... at it's own pace.
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    • Day 8

      London to Bakewell

      September 8, 2018 in England ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      We left our hotel and caught tube to Heathrow where we were picking up the rental. Arriving at Heathrow we navigated through numerous escalators, lifts and travelators to finally catch shuttle to Avis site. It took about an hour and was a frustrating process made more testing by some very vocal and pushy Americans. Finally drove out of Heathrow(thank goodness for the GPS) heading for Oxford. My research had already told me that it was impossible to get a park in Oxford so we located one of serval Park and Ride services. What a great set up. Parked the car for 2 pounds and then boarded a bus for the centre of town (about 15 minutes). The drive in was itself beautiful but the town was spectacular. So much amazing architecture and a lovely atmosphere due to their being few cars! We bought Pret A Manger bread rolls and sat in a church yard eating them. We wandered around until 4 when we caught the bus back to the car. So pleased we made this stop. Only surprise was that there were very few students to be seen (maybe they just didn’t look like our students or else it was the holidays). The motorway from Oxford to turn off to Bakewell (2 half hours) was horrendous as Friday night traffic had built up. It was multi-lanes and seemed to be swells of even more traffic every time we were near exits to the big cities. Traffic was almost at a standstill in some places. Took all our patience and concentration. Finally (after only one wrong turn) turned off for Bakewell and drove for another 30 miles through winding narrow roads and numerous little villages. Arrived feeling exhausted and then had to find a park. The house was up on a steep hill and all the parking was permit only. We drove further up and finally did locate a spot. Then had to walk down to Cheryl’s cottage which was gorgeous but would definitely rate as a “small house”. She was out but had recommended a pub to eat at. We found The Manners easily and had a table in the snug. Had the best meal of our trip including some beautiful fresh vegetables cooked to perfection. We really were hungry and ordered the dessert which was one of the best I’ve ever had- a hot cookie cooked in a little pan served with salted caramel ice cream. Such a treat after a long day!Read more

    • Day 2


      April 9 in England ⋅ 🌬 8 °C

      The weather cleared so we headed for Bakewell for a donder and dinner.

    • Day 2

      Chatsworth House

      April 9, 2017 in England ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      The following morning, after another good night of sleep, Nick offered to make tea and coffee and cook breakfast. It was not until the onions and pepper were finely chopped and simmering gently did Nick realise he had forgotten to bring any eggs. There was no dispute on blame, Nick packed all the other ingredients, he just forgot that to make an omelette you have to break eggs! Alfie, who has got a bit accustomed to any left over omelette on a morning was clearly disgusted!

      It was a very pleasant steady drive, through some of the narrowest roads Rachel could find, Nick was convinced this was some kind of a test. We stopped off to do some sightseeing en-route and enjoyed some great views across the Peak District. It is easy to understand why this was Englands first National Park.

      On the way down to Bakewell we went exploring a potential overnight spot to 'wild camp' - that sounds fairly exciting but really it is just an off road place you can stop the night and not have to pay anyone for the privilege. Rachel had read about a spot high in the Peaks with great views and when we got there we were not disappointed.

      Having stopped to pick up some eggs we headed off to Bakewell where we parked up in some huge car park, with loads of spaces and no one near us. It was funny but by the time we got back two other motorhome owners had pulled up next to us. Perhaps other motorhome owners have some kind of need to flock together? Anyway we didn't spend too long in Bakewell, long enough to pick up a spicy cheesy Austrian pork sausages that we both really like.

      Before we left Bakewell we spent some time gawping at some of the fattest river trout Nick had ever seen, they get fat as tourists feed them from the bridge so they just float there stuffing themselves. From Bakewell it was only a few miles up the road to get to Chatsworth House, where Rachel had booked us on to our first official overnight campsite, with electricity, showers and all mod cons. The site itself was quite pleasant, each plot plenty big enough for a caravan and a car side by side with room for an awning and chairs. A medium sized motorhome like Heimo took up no room at all.

      The site is an old enclosed wall garden about 20 minutes walk from the main house and once we had ourselves hooked up and everything settled we decided it was time to open a bottle of Champagne and properly christen Heimo. After the bubbly we needed a bit of a kip, much to Alfie's annoyance as he was clearly expecting a walk. An hour or so later we got up and left the enclosure of the walled garden and in to the main parkland, which is huge and full of weird horse jumps. The house itself is very impressive too, fabulous big colonnades and loads of rooms. We sat out the front by the river enjoying some warm sunshine before heading back to the campsite.

      We enjoyed a light meal of rice and tuna with a bottle of Malbec, unfortunately there was something wrong with bottle, it can only have been half full, luckily Nick had packed a decent Rioja just in case. We spent the evening chatting, planning more trips with Alfie and Heimo and drinking red wine with cheese and biscuits, it was great fun and after three bottles of alcohol we were both quickly asleep.
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