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    Posted: 25 Apr 2017 at 13:51
Dear all,
I am about to visit the Peak District for a week (with the bike, but a different one). First time in my life, never been there before. Inspiration came after reading (and watching) "Pride and Prejudice", so I am looking for beautiful landscapes and charming villages in and around the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.    
 
Bucket list:
 
Lyme Castle (not Chatsworth; there is massive scaffolding at the moment) (1995 TV series)
Snake Pass
Cat & Fiddle
Holmfirth ("Last of the Summer Wine")
Bakewell (Jane Austin was living there whilst writing the novel)
Longnor (1995 TV series)
 
I am looking for suggestion about:
 
passes
panoramic or beautiful routes
villages to visit
monuments to visit
friendly pubs  
 
Can you help?
 
Thanks
 
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Sounds a great trip. Hope the weather is kind to you. Ride safe
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Safety Chris Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Apr 2017 at 19:09
Blue john cavern worth a look. The Castle Inn Bakewell served good proper beer and reasonably priced grub when I visited with the wife - parking too which is handy in Bakewell. We were in a car at the time but no reason to suspect that they wouldn't welcome 2 wheeled motorised visitors.
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You can't visit the peaks on a bike and not go to Matlock Bath! Especially at the weekend.

Good roads can be a personal thing, but some I regularly use include:
A6013 Heage to Higham (usually on the way to CMC at Clay Cross , they have occasional themed meets).
B5023 Duffield to Cromford. Small cyclists cafe at Cromford junction, not that I've ever tried it though.
Lambhouse Lane (narrow backroad) from Shottlegate through to Bolehill, great views of Wirksworth from up high,
A57 to Glossop (I see you mentioned that already). Some fabulous views.

Actually there are loads of good roads, I'd recommend not to over-plan, just explore with a vague idea of the area you want to cover and don't be afraid to take the "I wonder where that'll take me?" option when the mood takes you. Take a map....

PS. IMHO Bakewell feels more like a "theme village" than the market town it once was, but still worth a visit if you've never been. There used to be a small bike museum there (free!), not sure if it's still open?Bakewell pudding (not tart) worth a try, if a little pricey as it's aimed at the hordes of tourists nowadays.

Hope the weather's kind to you Smile

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rollo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Apr 2017 at 07:46
I would recommend Stanage Edge near Bamford just west of Sheffield as a dramatic landscape. Interesting to walk along and see the partially made mill stones at the base. Chatsworth House and Park are outstanding even if it is just a drive through on the way to somewhere else.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Omobono Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Apr 2017 at 08:30
Thanks to all!
What about passes? I remember reading something about "mountain" (not really) passes in the Peaks District some time ago but I can't find the info anymore apart from the Snake Pass
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Omobono Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Apr 2017 at 08:35
I'll have satnav and map. The idea is to go there with a couple of nice tours already saved in the satnav and then make spontaneous integrations. Map will be used in the evening to make a general plan for the following day as I always do.

I regret never watching "last of the summer wine" now but I will be visiting Holmfirth anyway....
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ken-Guzzibear Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Apr 2017 at 11:28
Right now it is not good riding ......but a nice sunny day brilliant
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rollo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Apr 2017 at 13:25
Unfortunately most of the best riding roads in the Peaks now have a blanket lower speed limit. Product of being so close to large conurbations I suppose. Still good for bimbling along though.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mike H Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Apr 2017 at 18:15
Originally posted by motopete motopete wrote:

You can't visit the peaks on a bike and not go to Matlock Bath! Especially at the weekend.


I had a dose of deja vu about motorcycle parking in Matlock Bath, and I was right:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-36196684

(^ last year)

So I would take pound coins for the ticket machine. And stay is limited to 2 hours max. (!)

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Edited by Mike H - 28 Apr 2017 at 15:50
"Chicken nuggets don't dance on a Tuesday."
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"Unfortunately most of the best riding roads in the Peaks now have a blanket lower speed limit. Product of being so close to large conurbations I suppose. Still good for bimbling along though".
Many cameras?
I am not the big speeder and I am touring, but I don't like punitive speed limits that force you to always pay attention to avoid tickets.  
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"Chicken nuggets don't dance on a Tuesday."
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Thanks!!!
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Nearly 5 dozen cameras there.

Are they necessary?
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Bring in lots of money no doubt.
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