The Ride Stuff

The adventures of a couple of happy bikers

The Peak District – Day 2

We awoke to a gloriously sunny morning and soon found the landlord to report the hot water problem. Luckily, the ladies ablutions were separate to the gents, so I was still able to shower and as there weren’t any other guests it wasn’t a problem.

Early morning at The Royal Oak, near Hurdlow.

We were determined to make the most of the good weather, so we were soon out on the bikes. Jess had done Snake Pass before but it was my first visit to the area so we headed off in that direction.  First, though, we had to sort out some dry clothes, so we stopped at a very friendly Laundrette in Buxton to do the washing.

Washing done, we headed for Glossop where we stopped for a cup of coffee and then headed on for Snake Pass. Being a weekday morning it wasn’t too busy and we had a pleasant ride. The route takes you past the Ladybower & Derwent Reservoirs and during the Second World War Derwent Reservoir was used by pilots of the 617 Squadron for practising the low-level flights needed for Operation Chastise (commonly known as the “Dam Busters” raids), due to its similarity to the German dams.

Derwent Reservoir

While we were here I noticed that the carrier frame for my pannier box was broken where it was knocked over at RTTW, so we stopped off at a  local garage in Bamford to have it welded again. The chap there was very kind to fix it for me and even added a coat of paint! Bonus!

By now it was getting late in the day so we headed back to our digs, stopping at the local Morrisons for some supplies of tea & coffee and breakfast stuff.


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