The Peak District

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2012

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Lovely bright morning this morning, makes you feel alive and well. This morning we had to pack up again and move on. Our next destination , the Peak District and Buxton area in Derbyshire. Personally I get mixed up with all these counties as they all just flow into one and other. One minute you read that you are in one county and just as you are getting used to that another pops up. I just call it all England, it will have to do. I am aware that there is a lot of loyalty to each county but hey -there are just too many of them to get excited about. Our drive today took us back to the edge of the Snowdonia region and into the Peak District National Park. A drive full of beauty and the most fantastic country side we have seen so far. Rolling green hills and unique villages were aplenty. Snowdonia was nice but we both feel that this area is so much better. We planned to stay in the village of Longnor once again, stayed here last year but it rained most of the time, so it deserved another visit. Sunny this time. We drove on some very narrow roads today and did not find our way to he caravan park at first. Basil was lost for words as well. Finally we came across a little sigh that said Longnor 1 mile .Relieve, and  once we hit the town we knew exactly where we had to go.Had a quick lunch after we parked Charlie and were on our way to Bakewell, a town not very far from here. Bakewell is set on the banks of the river Wye, it is an historic market town at the heart of the Peak District National Park.Its mellow stone buildings,medieval arched bridges and little courtyards combine to create a great atmosphere of great charm. Lots of pleasant gardens and riverside walks all add to the scene. The centre of town is nice but is very touristy with lots of little souvenir shops and eateries, but once you get away from all of that, it is lovely to walk through the back lanes. Bakewell is also well known for its pudding , its origins going back centuries, but it was a hotel cook who is credited with inventing the recipe in about 1860. The story goes that she misunderstood the instructions, instead of stirring the egg mixture into the pastry, she spread it on top of the jam, creating a local delicacy still enjoyed today. We were strong and did not get any this time, pork pies are still waiting to be eaten in the fridge, they come first.
Home again for dinner, a realy nice day today made perfect with the sunshine. see you tomorrow.
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