Just got back from the Peak District after a glorious weekend driving round the best roads in the uk.
5 Tvrs travelled up from Essex on Thursday (24th may). Jo & Gerry, Phil, Graham & Julie, Paul & Sandra and Me and Sue. plus Dave & Theresa in their Merc. We met up with Ray & Lorraine and Melvin & Hillary at the hotel in Sheffield. They had just spent 10 days touring Scotland in their Tvrs. Fred Joined us Friday evening.
Friday the weather changed from hot sunshine to cold and wet, so we decided to go to the Crich Tramway Museum. After arriving we travelled on a 1937 Tram then went round the workshops and museum. quite fascinating even though im not into trams. worth a visit.. when we left it started to get misty and as we drove across the peaks it was like a victorian london fog and I couldn’t see beyond a our bonnet, we drove at 25mph in case we drove off the road into the valley below.
Saturday was the Thrillls in Hills runout. we were worried about the weather but sat morning was dry and warm and on the way the sun came out and it was another glorious day. we arr at the meeting point, Haddam Station carpark, where the were about 100 other Tvrs, good turnout, we paid our membership fee of £3 which went towards the organising, and rec 2 maps for the runs and a nice sticker for the car.
At 10.30 we all started our cars and queued up to leave for the morning run.. what a sight and the sound was deafening “ probably from the car in front which looked like a racing Tvr v8S with a straight through exhaust…
We left the carpark in large convoy of 118 cars, the locals were amazed and taking photos on their phones as we roared pass. I used my Gopro and got some good footage.
We drove about 50miles going through small villages and along some scenic roads in the hills of the peak district. The route passed through Heathersage Bamford passing Ladybower Reservoir, what a view over it, then onto Hope, Castleton, then stopped to regroup with over 100 tvrs lined up along the road, we left and went along Winmats pass, then to Buxton ( where the spa water comes from) and ending up at The Knights Table pub where we all stopped for lunch. They packed us all into the carpark with no hope of getting out before the afternoon run.
After lunch Me and Phil were the only ones wanting to do the afternoon run, Sue decided to grab a lift back with Fred in his nice mk3 Tuscan. she has now decided she wants me to get one...
So off we all went again minus a few Mid Essex members who went back to Hotel.
I thought the afternoon run was better than the morning, with lots of twisty turns and nearly vertical hills, it was like driving on the mountain roads in Italy. We went through Longnor, Crowdecote Newhaven, Matlock Bath and Bakewell ( very touristy ) and ended up in a field at Monsal Head,, what a view. After a nice pint sitting outside the pub we bumped into Barry (another Mid Essex member ) and after a long chat we then headed back to the hotel.
Sunday the weather was Hot and Sunny so we decided to do a drive that Dave had organised. Phil had printed the Directions and we headed off, we drove along Snake Pass lovely scenic winding road then onto Glossop and then onto the Cat and Fiddle road, amazing stretch of road famous with Bikers, they put speed cameras on it because of the bad accidents bikers were having. We stopped for lunch at the Peak View Tea Rooms, overlooking the peaks. After lunch we continued to Winatts Pass, another long winding road through the best scenery, the route took us all round the best roads and then back to Sheffield for our Hotel.
Sunday night we all decided to visit the local curry house where we near enough filled the restaurant with 16 of us turning up.
Monday we headed back with quite a few of us going on to other places. Me and Sue went to visit her mums cousin in Belper, they were surprised to see us arriving in the Tvr, we hadn’t seen them since 1992. Sues mum lived there from a child till she moved to London when she was 20 years old.
I Wish to say, Thanks to Jo for organising another great event , Dave for organising Sundays run, Phil for printing out the maps, and everyone else for coming including Graham and Julie who came with us from Tvrcc Berks region, without the members there wouldn’t be events like these. And of course thanks to the Nomads Tvrcc Peak who organised another brilliant weekend.
Bye for now