On the 5th June eight Leamington members cycled the Tissington Trail from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay and back to Ashbourne, an overall distance of 27 miles. This event takes place twice a year along one of the most picturesque bike rides in England following the path of the old railway track that was closed in 1955. After a later than usual start we cycled up the 3.5 mile gentle incline towards Tissington, where we all stopped for a drink. Then we cycled the roughly surfaced beaten path out into some of the most exposed, beautiful and rugged country on the edge of the Peak District. By 2pm we were at Parsley Hay where we had something to eat at the local cafe, before starting the journey back to Ashbourne.
The fact that the cycle path passes by some of the old stations on the way means that walkers and cyclers can join this trail at certain points. We were virtually alone on some parts of the trail, especially the more exposed parts. As we approached the Hartington Station, just 2.5 miles away from our objective, we passed people walking as well as other cyclists. Some had joined the trail closer to the end, or at another point on a separate path that joins the Tissington Trail just before Parsley Hay. As a group we have yet to cycle on to the very end which is some 2.5 miles beyond Parsley Hay. This is our next objective, making the round trip of 30 miles.
All told, it was a very enjoyable if exhausting day, with everyone going at their own pace, and enjoying good weather. Next time we hope to have more cyclists joining us from Leamington Church, keeping ourselves healthy and fit.