A snowy adventure (or two)

29 Dec

We had a planned road trip today. We were going to head for Bakewell in my son’s Fiat 500L and when we heard of the heavy, Peak District,  snowfall in the early hours of this morning we decided to still go ahead. After all, it was not as cold as it was up at Loch Lomond:

Does this Pug look chilly or what !!!!!  Martin had towed his caravan there for a Christmas break. Made of stern stuff, these Scots !

We turned off the main Leek to Buxton road and headed to Crowdecote via Longnor. We made it to Crowdecote but almost all the locals were parked up, still covered in snow and we failed to climb back out of Crowdecote. Oh the shame of it ! But we did press on, making it to Buxton in time for a craft beer Bistro style lunch in front of a log fire.

We fared much better than other nutters out on the moors. A fully laden HGV stopped at the highest point between Leek and Buxton. A parcel delivery van blocking a lane near Crowdecote and a couple of cars following the van too close, preventing any of the 3 from turning around.

We trudged across the snow in Buxton to the 53 Degrees for a tasty lunch.Lots of people were sledging on the hill not far from the market, right in the town centre. Great to see.

This wonderful Bar/Cafe couldn’t have contrasted more with the chilly bleakness of the “Winking Witch” at The Roaches. Great service , great food and a warm welcome.

On the way home, we detoured to The Watt Russel Inn near Illam for another log fire thaw.

A great day out but extending Christmas is not too clever if you are trying to lose weight and on a health kick. Still, great fun and lovely to experience the snow once more.

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