On 22-25 November 2021, the Fenland Clarion returned to the Peak District for four days of riding.
We stayed at Hartington Hall, a youth hostel in an impressive 17th century building in the village of Hartington south of Buxton. By the end of the trip we had ridden some 163 miles and climbed 16,381 feet.
High points included:
- Getting to the top of “the wall”, riding from Langley through Macclesfield up to Cat & Fiddle road (the “Bottom of the Oven” climb);
- the climb through Abney up to the gliding club ridge, riding along the ridge and descending into Eyam (and Eyam café);
- the descent from Buxton raceway down to Glutton Bridge and on to Hollinsclough on the Thursday;
- the last few downhill miles back into Hartington every day.
Best café stop: Hassop Station on the Monsal trail.
Worst: the famous Cat & Fiddle pub – “You need to book in advance to sit inside” (!)
Considering the time of year, the weather was kind to us with temperatures ranging from 3-8°C. There was a fair bit of wind-chill but no ice or frost. Our last morning gave us the brightest sunshine of the trip.
11 riders took part: Ian Todd (Ride Leader), Phil Gee, Ian Richardson, Chris Farrow, David Hallam, Lynden Leadbeater, Julian Tatam, Charlie Joseland, Phil Anders, Kevin Jones and Peter Miller.