Ride Report - Hardwick Hall
10 of us made it out for our second ever outing to Hardwick Hall. It had been a while mind, the first time we had visited was June last year.
After the Tour De Yorkshire Sportive the week before the elevation for the day was very tame in comparison. As always with Sitwell CC rides we have a mixture of type of routes. This one was classed as lumpy but nothing to harsh and so it was. The majority of the route was on nice quiet lanes and a few B roads. We headed out up the main road by Ulley Reservoir and down past Rother Valley Country Park and onto the outskirts of Bolsover and Pallerton on rolling terrain. We approached Hardwick Hall and left via the lovely side roads within the grounds, minding the sheep and taking caution on the cattle grids. The route back to base was through some lovely little villages, Heath, Scarcliffe and Barlborough just to name a few. Carr Lane Hill notibly stuck out, draggy and ramps up more and more as it goes on but a cracking view when you reached the top.
Like last time when we visited here we sat outside. It wasn't that sunny but still warm and dry. The food as per usual was very good along with the drinks on offer. Plenty on offer and very reasonable in price considering Hardwick Hall is a popular tourist attraction. Good and speedy service too.
When in a bunch the group riding was very good. We did get split up on the lump and bumps a few times but we did all regroup as always at the top. The ride was a bit pacy at first but the speed was knocked off accordingly. Remember don't struggle at the back hanging on, shout up if needs be. And pass the message down the line. It's not always easy to hear up front in the wind. Club rides are to be enjoyed by all at a pace to suit all always.
Our next ride is a trip out to the Dales on Sunday. We're off to do a couple of the 100 Climbs. It's going to be fun. Look out on the usual outlets for details and remember everybody is welcome, new and old.