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Parkside Classic Run.
Resume of the route
A Resume of the Parkside Classic Tour 2017
If this route was followed at the time of the recce in February it would have to be renamed The Snowdrop Run, there were masses of these delightful winter bulbs throughout the run.
After leaving the start SW through the local housing estate you quickly join the A623 Matlock road but shortly a left takes you meandering southward on a series of 'yellows' to skirt the village of Ashover. Continuing south it is not long before you confront Ogston Reservoir head on where the route follows the west bank before emerging with a right onto the A615.
Within a mile the route continues south towards Crich before heading downhill to cross the Derwent at Whatstandwell Bridge. Immediately a left, left takes you via a climb up on to Wirksworth Moor via Alderwasley before a tricky main road descends to the centre of that town and a left turn. Shortly the route heads right along a series of minor roads via Kirk Ireton to end up at the southern tip of Carsington Water before heading west, cross-country, to the ford and the village of Tissington. Rather than enter the village of Thorpe a right heads up the gated road (usually not gated) behind Thorpe Cloud to the A515 before a left eventually crosses the River Dove in Milldale.
The route now heads back towards Ilam but a right before the village follows the unfenced road with the usual sheep to the farmyard of Crowley Hall (very slow here) and on to the A53. After the cameras (3 lots) through Waterhouses you turn north for Grindon and the 'Col de Grindon' in and out of the Manifold Valley to a well-deserved break for lunch at the Royal Oak in Wetton.
Once you and your crew are suitably refreshed the route immediately drops back into the Manifold Valley and the unique tunnel (if you have not been through before beware of the oncoming ghost train). After passing the old terminus of the Manifold Light Railway at Hulme End your way heads via Warslow to a series of 'yellows' over the Staffordshire Moorland before a hairpin junction takes you back towards Longnor market place.
A crossing of the infant river Dove at Crowdecote brings the route back into Derbyshire to cross the A515 and on to a left in Monyash. A series of good minor roads between the limestone walls and mine shafts of this part of The Peak follows until a view if Magpie mine and the village of Sheldon heralds the drop to the A6 and Ashford in the Water.
Following a brief look at Monsal Head an almost straight line of roads head via Great Longstone and Hassop to Baslow. A serene drive through Chatsworth Park now takes the route to the last real driving challenge of the route with the climb out of Rowsley onto East Moor. Finally the return to Chesterfield is down the minor road to Wingerworth before renegotiating the houses back to a well-earned tea and scone back at Parkside Community School.
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