14.05.2015 - 14.05.2015 10 °F
The wind is cold and blows right through you! The more north we go the cooler it's becoming and today was the first time my fingers and nose tip sung out... I did discover the joy of heated car seats..very nice when ones a bit chilly.
Reluctantly we drove away from our once in a lifetime experience of The Hussey Suite, No1 room at The Albright Hussey Manor, following our warming breakfast in the dining room. The same waitress who attended to us last night met us for breakfast and once again attended to our every desire. Every request, delivery of food, checkin with our needs resulted in her thanking us.
The winding roads through The Peak District provided many photographic opportunities. The countyside ranged from lush green to barren-like heather fields at the top. Each bend in the road offered another unique view to take our breath away. When we stopped, beyond the railings and hedges lining the trees were rivers, streams, waterfalls and various livestock munching happily, oblivious to the traffic.
Today we drove from Albrighton, through Market Drayton, skirted around Stoke on Trent and ended up in Ashbourne on the river Dove. From there we went north, through Fenny Bentley, Alsop en le Dale, climbing up to Newhaven where we hung a right to Grange Mill and then a left to Bakewell on the river Wye. After bread and butter pudding and custard we ambled up to B6001 with its sheep, its peaks, its mossy walls and Icelandic looking hillsides to Hathersage on the river Derwent. We followed part of the river Derwent to the reservoir and continued through the snake pass and the High Peak and down into Glossop. From there we travelled uphill again to Chapel en le Firth and down to Buxton and from there meandered our way down to Congeton. We arrived at Whitehorn B&B at approx 4:30. To date we have driven in excess of 760 miles, not including our days in Cheltenham, Cotswolds and Tewksbury, when Kieron was our chauffeur.
The local bar tender tonight at The Edgerton was the latest person to comment on my 'accent' despite me being told at home I sound English. As we ate Pub Nosh, as Rob puts it, we gazed across the table at each other with a grin of disbelief as the playlist included all things 70s Elvis, Status Quo, Abba, Queen....the list went on.
Much to Rob's horror we have continued to have fine weather for the most part. We had drizzly rain for some if the time in London and Winchester but only clouds since then during the days. Light drizzle fell as we left Hussey Manor dry thereafter.