Hartington Hall, Buxton Weekend April 2016

Around 25 members of Huddersfield CTC, partners, friends and cycling comrades from Calderdale and partially sighted riders from Tandem Trekkers converged on YHA Hartington Hall ( a 17th century pile converted to a model, modern hostel) for a centre based cycling weekend in late April 2016. The tour was Inclusive; catering for different abilities and interests; whilst the majority of us were long in the tooth men, there was some outstanding female riders; compliments to Jennie who did most of the Hartington routes after cycling 80 miles to the start from Dewsbury. It was also the first time that a group of partially sighted tandem riders and their pilots had joined the Club for a touring holiday and despite the occasional broken chain they more than matched regular club members when it came to their banter, tenacity and conquering the occasional Derbyshire pimple There was an opportunity for five rides, loops of between 20 and 30 miles in different directions, morning then afternoon, each returning to the hostel. 0ther than the plateau of the High peak trail and the Monsal trail, comrades faced a variety of leg stretching climbs and equally exhilarating descents on each of the different routes. The weekend gave plenty of choice to members and friends, with a hard core of about 5/6 including myself and ever present back up Steve Randerson completing all the rides. Other friends dipped in and out, using their precious weekend leisure time to walk or just relax. The scenery for each ride was different and stunning as we explored the ancient and distinctive Derbyshire countryside. We rode leisurely on mainly quiet roads and lanes from all points of the compass, from rivers, old railway lines, reservoirs to the Roaches each ride was achievable and a pleasure. And except for a drenching on one ride the weather god was kind to us !

Steve Hall