Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Mills and Dales - Day Two

So after Fridays dull weather it was great to wake up to sunshine, there is something soooo satisfying about opening the caravan blinds and seeing blue sky!

As our main purpose for this break was to take advantage of the wonderful walking and cycling opportunities in the area we decided that today would be the day to cycle along the Tissington Trail.

The Tissington Trail follows the path of the old railway line from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay where it joins the High Peak trail. It is a flat (or so we thought ) traffic free route for cyclists, walkers and horse riders and we could join it just a stones throw from where we were staying.

On consulting our map it was a 10 mile ride into Ashbourne so we decided that the day would be spent by cycling in the morning followed by a pub lunch and a mooch around the shops then a cycle ride back in the afternoon.

It was a fantastic ride into Ashbourne, the sun shone and the scenery was amazing

On the way we did a slight detour and had a look around Tissington village. Tissington is a very pretty estate village with the rather grand Tissington Hall as its centerpiece.

We arrived in Ashbourne at lunchtime and had a pub lunch (and a well deserved cider) and a look around some of the lovely independent little shops.

Soon it was time to head back and we soon found that the trail had a gentle incline all the way back - hence a 10 mile uphill ride (OK so it was only slight but try telling that to my 10 year old son!)

By the time we arrived back it was time to settle down for the evening and we all looked forward to a good nights sleep.


  1. Fabulous!! I love Ashbourne. The Tissington trail is really beautiful.

  2. What a super post, the scenery is stunning. Not been to Ashbourne but it certainly looks like a place to note for the future.


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