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2011 Just Round the Next Bend 29th Oct



This was to be the third trip for Dippy and crew to venture north to Cheshire for the HRCR event, organised by June and Malcolm Hague. The 74-mile route on maps 118 and 119 contained 28 map references to be plotted for the tour. This year there was to be a new twist to the route information in the form of 10 questions to be answered during the drive.


After the route was on the maps, it was quite clear that we were going to pass through some of the best scenery and roads that the counties of Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire have to offer. The start of the event was at the Fairway Garden Centre in Sutton, close to Macclesfield - again a very nice choice with lots of parking and good refreshments. After checking our route against the organisers’ maps, we awaited our start time of 10.09 hours.


Leaving the start, we headed south-east along the yellow roads past Cessbank Common and through Allgreave to change maps to 119. Still with the excellent yellow roads, the route climbed over Middle Hills past Oxbatch, Shawfield, Newtown, Hardings Booth and Reaps Moor to Wigginstall. So far we have passed 4 of the 10 question points and all have been found and answered - we are cooking on gas today.


The route now turned north, via Ridge End, Crowdecote and into the Peak District National Park. The views from the high roads were just stunning. Continuing north through Flagg, the route now turned east in the direction of Bakewell, before going due south past Ditch Cliff and Conksbury. Another change of direction to south-west and then west saw us pass through Long Rake and Parsley Hay. Then the route went due south across Long Dale to the lunch halt at the Biggin Hall Country House Hotel at Biggin-by-Hartington. This is a superb old house in a wonderful setting with fantastic food to match; if you are in this area we would highly recommend a visit here just for the food. Suitably refreshed after our 3-course meal, there was time to chew over the answers to the questions with other competitors; there were some very different answers to be had.


At 14.00 hours, play recommenced. Still going due south, we passed Dale Head, then under the old railway bridge to join the main A515 for just over a mile. Now travelling east, we came across the village of Alstonfield, which has a maze of roads that made the navigator work very hard. Turning north-east through the village of Wetton and then the demanding roads past the caves took us to Wettonmill, followed by the railway tunnel to Ecton. We then travelled via Cowhay Head and the Mermaid Pub to the viewing point 119/02855955 - what a sight from here overlooking the hills and reservoirs. Then a short trip south-west via Thorncliffe and Blackshaw Moor, before a change back to map 118, on past Tittesworth Reservoir and Redshaw for the last few miles of the tour to the finish at the Knott Inn in the village of Rushton Spencer.


The time had now come to check our answers against the organisers’ master sheet. We had fared not too badly, getting 6 out of 10 right. It was a bit like a crossword puzzle trying to get into the organisers’ way of thinking. Our sincere thanks to June and Malcolm for another fine event; a very good choice of roads with only a small number of red and brown roads used, which gave the perfect mix for the tour.


 Car 9 - Mike and Hilary Stratton plus Dippy.

Photographs courtesy of Maurice Carter and Bob Joy.

Our sincere thanks once again to Peter Fieldhouse for all his help in compiling this report.