Hubby and I had a day off work yesterday - and what a grand day it was. We had fantastic weather and so decided we would take our bikes to the Monsal trail again (I love a flat trail!). I have also bought a gel saddle cover, and some very weird, but strangely comforting padded knickers which helped with the pain of cycling!One of the main reasons for doing this trail was a planned visit to Hassop station.
Until recently, the station was home to a very large bargain bookshop with a small cafe. Now it is a very large cafe - with a small bargain bookshop.
The switch seemed to have paid off as it was fairly busy. The food was really gorgeous.
I love the way that they have kept quite a few of the old stations along the trail.
Another reason for visiting the trail, when asked where I want to go for a day out locally, Monsal Dale generally wins. The scenery is spectacular whatever the season.
I love the mixture of history and nature.
I hanker after a stay in these lovely riverside cottages.
and marvel every time at the general geography of this wonderful spot.