27th September 2020 by emmadurnford

27th September 2020

Day 186 of semi lock down.

A good nights sleep and nice cooked breakfast although no buffet and we had to be served at our table which was a bit strange.

We drove into Bakewell to see if we could get a Sunday Times for Colin which we couldn’t so instead we headed to Ilam plague village for a wander. This is a pretty apt place to visit considering the pandemic we are in the midst of at the moment. The weather was lovely, bright sunshine so we were able to enjoy a cup of coffee outside along with a slice of Bakewell pudding - quite different to Bakewell tart!

Afterwards we drove to see the reservoirs of Derwent Water and Ladybower. The car parks were packed and I temporarily lost Colin as I hopped out of the car to get some leaflets on the area and when I could not find him, I realised that there was absolutely no phone signal! It was luck that I used the guidance you give to children to wait in the last place you have seen someone and luckily Colin saw me on his second circuit of the car park!

We headed back to the Yorkshire Inn that Colin had stayed at many years ago and managed to park there after having a packet of crips and a lime and soda. It was very well organised and we could order what we wanted from the table rather than the bar which was a lot safer. From here we could walk to the end of the dam to locate the sink holes that I have sen numerous videos of online. Sadly as there has not been too much rain recently, they were nowhere near overflowing so basically they are two paved sink holes sounding proud of the surface of the water. It was a full day and we still had not finished as we started driving back but stopped to visit the Dovedale stepping stones. We grabbed an ice cream which was lucky as it had closed by the time we came back. The stones were not incredibly impressive but the landscape was and the sunshine still held. The it was finally back to the pub for a sit down and then dinner again and a surprising complimentary glass of Prosecco - very nice.
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