9th July 2017 @ 11:00 am
Paul Mckay

Haddon Hall or Bakewell Run

Sunday 9th July

• Meet 10.30am Keele Services (Junction 15 Southbound) for 11.00 departure.
• Drive past the services building to the far car park near the petrol station.
• The first few miles are on the M6, A500 then the A50 – after that beautiful Derbyshire countryside.
• The aim of the run is to either visit Haddon Hall or chill out in Bakewell.
• Our first stop is at Parsley Hay in the Derbyshire Peaks – a picnic area with toilets and hot and cold food. The car park costs £1.50. We aim to be there from 12.15pm to 1pm. Perhaps those wishing to visit Haddon Hall should set off from Keele Services in the first group – because we need to leave at 1pm sharp to arrive at Haddon by 2pm.
• The Haddon Hall car park costs £3.00 and entry to the building and grounds costs £14.00. So why visit Haddon? The building dates from the 12th Century. The owners (the Manners family – Dukes of Rutland) left it in 1700 to live in Belvoir Castle and didn’t return until 1925. They updated just one part leaving the rest in a time warp!! There is a cafe in the building. There is also a one-off Artisan and Food Market in the grounds on the day we are visiting.
• Bakewell is a lovely Market Town with plenty of pubs, cafes and bespoke shops. It is a couple of miles down the road from Haddon Hall.
• There is no ‘end of run’ meal planned – but there are plenty of eating opportunities throughout the day. With Chatsworth and Alton Towers close to Haddon Hall, I could not book an afternoon meal for more than 6 cars (lack of parking amongst other things). Pubs simply don’t need bookings – so don’t do them. If you fancy a Sunday Roast I suggest you get a small group together and drop in somewhere on your way home. That’s what we’re doing.

(Martin Pike)

Please reply to Paul Mckay AC if you wish to participate on the run.

Route maps supplied on the day or when you reply to email please request a map and I will forward them on.


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