From Ipswich, David and I left the A14 at Bury heading towards the Fens and on to Stamford. From there a more undulating landscape took us through Melton Mowbray, Nottingham and Bakewell before arriving in “Hope” after 200 miles. For £5/night we had a well appointed campsite run by a fellow biker. He declared that he rides a Harley but went on to explain that a problem with his left foot means he needs a rocker gear lever. I’d naively assumed everyone had a toe up/toe down changer like me! Nearby Castleton was a short walk away where we found a pub with good food and a beer festival including our very own Adnams, so we all slept well after that. Saturday began with breakfast in the village followed by a short ride up to Ladybower reservoir where we found the A57. The appealing twists of Snake Pass climbed gradually to over 500m before a breathtaking view and steep descent dropped us into Glossop. In no more than 20 minutes we had departed from dry roads to find a slate grey sky and steady rain typical for West of the Pennines. A swift about turn restored good weather and gave us the view in the opposite direction. Snake Pass now has a 50 mph restriction which is perfect for enjoying the bends and taking in the stunning scenery without risk of leaving the road. Back at Ladybower we took the road to the top of the reservoir and the wall for the higher Derwent dam, parking at the visitor centre. It was here that The SAM Observer September 2010
The September 2010 edition of "The SAM Observer"