AJS Rally 2012 - The Peak District
When we were asked to arrange a Peak District rally for 2012 it was with great trepidation that we agreed having only been members of the club for a very short while. However an early start on arrangements ensured that the Yorkshire Bridge Inn was secured and routes duly planned, driven and written up.
We were now ready for anything (at least we thought we were. Then the weather descended (the second wettest year on record). As June passed by in a flurry of late April showers and July looked to suffer the same fateonly worse we became despondent. Then out of the blue the long range forecast foretold sun and more sun for our weekend, Hooray!! It did not disappoint and all four days were beautiful and sunny. In addition John and I saw parts of the Peak District we had never seen and in the very best company.
Saturday kicked off with a very special visit to the Dambusters museum at Derwent with a slight hiccup that we nearly lost Young Jim and family. Once we had all gained access to the museum we were treated to a talk and allowed to wander at will through the exhibits and hear interesting anecdotes about the dambuster pilots themselves. There followed a picturesque but strenuous drive over Snake Pass and on to Hayfield for lunch. Buxton followed and a visit to Pooles Cavern and the Karst formations typical of Derbyshire limestone on offer. A return journey to the Inn was taken via Tideswell to give members a taste of what was to follow the next day in the Derbyshire Dales.
The dinner that evening was excellent as was all the food supplied by John Illingworth and his team. Everyone was very relaxed (even ourselves) and Jim made an eloquent speech
Sunday was the day for putting in the miles. We travelled through Hope Valley to Monsal Head. Everyone parked up and that was it, with a tearoomnearby and a superb view, there was no chance of moving anyone. Two hours later we managed to get everyone back on the road and headed for Crich Tramway museum for a visit and lunch.
With Chatsworth House in the distance, the tea rooms at Edenser were a hit with members as we had the place to ourselves with beautiful sunshine and gorgeous cake. Again we were reluctant to move on, but with an extremely picturesque drive ahead it was time to go. This time it was Caroline's turn to break down , but with the support team on hand we soon got her going again and what a drive over Fox House and down into Hathersage with amazing views yet again. The evening finished with another perfect meal and a sigh or two from us as we could now relax.
Monday morning saw us waving everyone off with the exception of Peter & Suzi who stayed on for the rest of the week and enjoyed more excellent weather. Would we do it again, of course we would!