I got up planning on doing part of a scenic drive
through the Peak District in Derbyshire. I had purchased a book
detailing a variety of scenic drives all over Great Britain, and it
seemed to have a lot of good information. I quickly found the problem
with doing scenic drives in the UK. They almost all utilize the
secondary roads to one extent or another. Nothing wrong with this,
since the views are usually quite nice, but it can be difficult to find
the required turns.
I quickly demonstrated this by missing a turn and going
south west instead of northwest as I intended. This did bring me to
Carsington Water, a large fairly new resevoir in Derbyshire. It was a
nice place for a walk, and from appearances, a good place to spend a
day outdoors, either in the water or walking on the shore. But I had
place to go, so had to settle for a short walk along the shore before
Once I determined which direction I needed to go, I
headed north, to a site mentioned in the scenic drive book, Haddon
Hall. Visiting there showed that while they may pick difficult
routes,the writers knew where to stop. I spent a couple of hours there,
and could have easily spent a couple more.
After my tour of the past, I headed to Buxton to look
around and book a bed for the night. I did not have problems with
missing turns on this trip, then again, it was on a fairly major road.
Buxton was a nice town, with an interesting history as a spa town. And
the water there does taste quite good.
From there, it was north to Carlisle, where I stayed in
another very nice B & B. Again, the people in the Tourist
Information office thought that my going all the way to Glasgow by
Wednesday morning was quite a trip. This happened quite often on my