In which an ageing climber comes to terms with life closer to the ground.

1/7/2008

Kedleston Hall

Filed under: — Mike Chapman @ 8:50 pm

25 miles of cycling around Ashbourne with a cafe stop at Kedleston Hall. We have done this ride once before Look here. I wrote then of shutting doors as far as exercise was concerned and getting older. They are still closing and it is the first time for a while that Lynne, Judy and I have been for a ride. A problem of knees, time and holidays.

Sunday was a little more Strenuous.

I decided on a long cycle ride. A figure of eight course that was designed to climb all the long, not steep hills in the area. I took the climb up past Dovestones reservoir near Greenfield to Saddleworth Moor, over Holme Moss and around the Derbyshire Level to Hayfield. On to Furness Vale, Whaley Bridge and up long hill. I descended into the Goyt Valley and up on to Axe Edge Moor and a descent into Buxton. I went to Tideswell, Bradwell and on to Yorkshire Bridge. Which left the ascent of the Snake Pass to finish with. 143 Km and 3609m of ascent. It took 7 and a half hours. Why? I am hoping to do some of the famous Cols in the Alps during the summer. It spitted with rain for the first two hours was then sunny and I got soaked on the Snake pass. I thought this was a reasonable simulation of a big day in the Alps minus the altitude and the sun?

See a map of the ride here

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