international cyclists, in September. But you don’t have to be super-fit to take to two wheels here. Whatever your age or ability, there’s a bike and a route to suit. The Peak District and Derbyshire has around 65 miles of family-friendly, traffic-free routes, while Derbyshire has 283 miles of cycle routes – 227 miles on greenways and 57 on roads. Bakewell, the only town in the Peak District National Park, is home to a famous pudding that was made by accident in Victorian times at what is now the Rutland Arms Hotel. The flustered cook set out to make a strawberry tart, but her culinary disaster created a classic treat that would no doubt have won the equivalent of The Great British Bake Off in its day! Now visitors flock there to sample the unique and traditional recipe, and Puddings are sent by post to sweet-toothed fans all over the world. Bakewell is also home to the annual Eroica Britannia vintage lifestyle and cycle event, held each June, when thousands of cyclists from all over the world don retro gear and take to pre1987 bikes for a relaxing ride through some of the Peak District’s finest scenery, pausing to enjoy the finest food and drink at picturesque towns and pretty villages along the way. Non-cyclists can join in the fun by cheering them on their way and
enjoying a feast of local food, shopping, events and entertainment at Bakewell Showground. Dining out is a delicious treat, thanks to a wide range of cafes, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants serving wholesome, locally produced food and drink. First-class theatre, music, dance, comedy and other live entertainment are staged throughout the year at venues in Buxton, Chesterfield, Derby, Manchester and Sheffield and also at regular festivals, ranging from rock to rarely-performed opera. Internationally-renowned Buxton Festival, which includes a star-studded Literary Series, welcomes visitors from across the globe each July. This autumn a Buxton Festival Literary Weekend, from November 13 to 15, will featuring such diverse and fascinating figures as Simon Armitage, Gyles Brandreth, John Julius Norwich and Simon Armitage. Art lovers can also look forward to immersing themselves in the second phase of a major Arts Council-funded project, The Grand Tour, from March to July 2016. Classic and contemporary works, scenic countryside and vibrant cities will form the stunning backdrop for a very special journey through Derbyshire and neighbouring Nottinghamshire.
Dovedale credit Karen Frenkel
Cycling World November 2015
Women's cycling: Inspirational riding