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Staycation Matlock - Day 2 P1


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We had a bit of a broken night. Firstly it was freezing. It was raining
when we got back from across the street at the Druids Inn.

Druids Inn, Birchover

Druids Inn, Birchover

As a side note I can thoroughly recommend the pub for its food, friendly
welcome to us and Reggie.

For half the night we shared the bed with him. Then he went and either
slept on the sofa or the floor in the lounge. Back again about 6.30am.

So as we were up we had breakfast and set off for our first port of call,
Bakewell.

We parked on an island in the river Derwent. It's a big island.

The river was a raging torrent and earlier in the week had burst its banks.
The flood barriers in evidence all along the walkways.

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Of course, with no great sense of direction we walked the opposite
direction to the town. As I had forgotten gloves on the trip we saw a Farm
and Country shop - Torne Valley Limited, Haddon Road, Bakewell.

A real Alladin's Cave. Anything you might want they seemed to stock. Plenty
of gloves. I bought a pair. They are really good and warm.

From there we retraced our steps into the town centre, and the pedestrian
area.

We had a tour round to check out the Bakewell Pudding shops! There are a
few and we decided on Bloomers of Bakewell. Claire went in and did the
deed. I can blame her for any weight gain! 😁

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We also had a couple of small pork pies. Lunch!

After a coffee where we sat out in the freezing cold as we didn't see the
"dogs welcome" sign on the door, we returned to the car but not before
another turn along the river side and the park.

Next stop Matlock.

A short trip down the A6 and into Matlock. A wait on the outskirts of
Bakewell where they are replacing streetlights with eco ones. I wonder how
long they will take to pay for themselves?

Then more roadworks just north of Matlock. These took longer. The reason?
The were digging a layby for the bus to pull into.

Matlock itself is sort of okay. It doesn't have the spa town reputation of
Matlock Bath just a mile or so away down the Derwent.

We parked up in the car park of the railway station. We had run out of cash
and so I used my card. Seemed to work okay.

We ate our pork pies. Lovely.

Then set off for a walk. Firstly across to the station. The building now
saved and used by the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust as a café. A coffee between
us and then with only 20 minutes left on the parking we walked down to the
main town.

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There are so many fish and chip shops! One part of the main street there
are three next door to one another.

We had time to try and capture the sun glinting off the gondolas of the
cable cars going up to the Heights of Abraham. I assume it was closed
because they didn't move. The photos on the Moto don't look as expected.
Rubbish in fact.

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Once back in the car we set off back to The Stables. We took the roundabout
drive to avoid the traffic jams at the roadworks.

It started to snow quite heavily on the way.

Posted by InvictaMoto 15:38 Archived in England

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