Sunday, 14 September 2014

Dates for your diaries

I trust that everyone has had a good summer. It's been a long time since we did anything as a group. I have put a couple of dates aside, but there will be more before the year is out, I am sure. I look forward to seeing you all again.

I am proposing a half-day ride in the Hope Valley on Thursday 9 October. There may be a little signing to do while we are there - this is part of Route 6 from Sheffield to Manchester - but this is mainly meant to be a work-free social occasion! We will go a little further than we did last time, ending up at Castleton. It's an opportunity to try out a new route in progress (part of the Little John Route - click on the Pedal Peaks Phase II link to the right of this post for a map). Our starting point will be Grindleford community shop, which is a new venture situated in the vestry of St Helens Church, catering for walkers and cyclists and selling drinks, snacks and other things (click on the link to the right for the website). Co-ordinates: Postcode S32 2JG, GR 246778. Meet there from 09:45, for a 10:00 start. On our return from Castleton, I would like to ride Route 6 right into Sheffield (since I'm not familiar with this route), if anyone wants to join me. I will take the train home from there.

The other date is a fortnight later, Thursday 23 October. This will be a work-morning, to check signage on Route 68 near Hurdlow (northern end of High Peak Trail and the road alternative). Meet Sparklow car park (opposite side of road to the Royal Oak pub) 11:00.