A Day in the Peak District
27.08.2009 - 27.08.2009 20 °C
Today we met up with a couple that Margaret had met a number of years ago through the organisation GFS (a Christian ministry to children), also called Margaret, her husband Cliff and daughter Poppy. We skirted around Manchester, entered the Peak District and drove along the aptly named Snake Road through Snake Pass to the Ladybower Reservoir, where we met up with them, then transferred to the van which they had hired for the day. We saw the Derwent Dam (of Dambusters fame - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBJYA9H68Zg) and then spent the rest of the day touring the Peak District, exploring its small towns, climbing its hills (well, one anyway; Mam Tor), and dining at a local restaurant (where they sell Bakewell Tarts). I particularly enjoy the country areas of Britain, and in fact I had seen parts of the Peak District when I was here in 2001 visiting my brother and family in Wales. I had stayed at the Ravenstor YHA, a National Trust property with great views, and was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of it again. We finished the day at Chatsworth Estate before heading back to the car. Our generous hosts had clearly gone to a lot of effort and expense to ensure that we had an memorable day, and we did. Any attempts to pay our way were cleverly thwarted, so we had no choice but to sit back and enjoy it.