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Birthday Bash Staycation - Peak District

Druid Farm, Birchover, Derbyshire

sunny 8 °C
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This has been booked for months and months as a getaway for a few days for my wife Claire's birthday. Since she retired we have been straight into the covid lockdowns and now that I have joined her on the retirement scrapheap we need to get away. With covid hanging about and maybe the globe having to "live with it", maybe it is time to take jabs and move on with life.

We set off tomorrow. We can't be in the cottage until after 3pm. According to Google Maps the non-toll route is about 4h 27m. That is of course without stops or Reggie to stretch his legs. On the motorways he settles down in the car and goes to sleep, or at least lies down. On more winding roads he likes to sit up.

This trip has been booked through cottages.com. They have lots of dog friendly places to rent all across the country. We used them for the Norfolk Trip last August.

As we are only up there for three full days we need to cram as much into the stop as we can. Wednesday will be the drive up. And Sunday the drive back. The route we have chosen avoid the Dartford Crossing. Every time we have tried it we have been stuck in traffic and taken ages to get across it. When going to Norfolk it is really the only option, but to Derbyshire there is what we call the long way around, on the southern M25 that actually, according to Google takes 7 minutes longer for the entire trip!

So now with a less than a day to go I need to check the oil in the car, check the tyres and fill up the washer bottle! There's not much else to do.

And then in the morning we are off. Hopping from one motorway services to the next to give Reggie with leg stretches and pee breaks.

Updates to follow.

Posted by InvictaMoto 12:58 Archived in England Tagged derbyshire peak_district druid_farm birchover

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