A new meeting point was arranged, Towsure in Sheffield. Plenty of goods to brows through, camping equipment, tents, clothes, shoes, even tyre’s for a wheel barrow. Burton had even secured a deal with Mark the store manager  to give MX5 owners a 10% discount on all goods purchased. ( hope you bought plenty of man things in your man cave ANDY)

Most members had Tea or Coffee in the cafe area, a few a full English breakfast.

After the photo shoot of the 22 cars we set off for Quarry Bank Mill. It wasn’t a sunny start, but at least it wasn’t cold or raining.

Setting off towards Snake Pass with very winding roads, not much traffic, we made our way to Glossop. We missed our turning at Victoria Street. two cars did a U turn, we ourselves put a co- ordination in the Sat Nav and preceded to get to Morrisons for our coffee stop at Chapel en le Frith. 9 miles later we had joined the group for a coffee.

After a cuppa and a natter we were back on the road again. Passing through lovely towns and villages, Whaley Bridge, Horwich End, Adlington and Styal Village, places we have never seen before.

It had turned a little cool, people who had taken a picnic were sat with big jackets on, but I am sure they all enjoyed it.

Quarry Bank Mill was a mill for cotton spinning and weaving. Built in 1784 for Irish industrialist Samuel Gregg. It was expanded in 1809 – 1820. After laying derelict  itwas then  restored in 1969. Steeplejack and TV personality Fred Dibnah assisted.

The Mill has beautiful gardens within its grounds, along with The Apprentice House, there displays  show what life was like for the pauper children who worked in the mill.

We made our way down to the cafe within the mill buildings.

The clouds were still gathering so we decided to go round the gardens first. Last time we came to property we went around The Mill, and the Apprentice House, at this time the gardens were not in bloom. Now on this visit all the flowers, the shrubs and trees were  in bloom. Walking up to the top we entered the Greenhouses containing vines and rare tropical plants along with seedling for next years flowers.

Time had gone by so quick, no time to go to the mill, may be next time.

We are looking forward to our next trip out.

Eileen and Trevor

We had a lovely day once again. Everything was planned to perfection, our thanks to Burton and Lesley.


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