Hardwick Hall - Saturday AMBER Ride

Hardwick Hall - Saturday AMBER Ride

Posted on behalf of Sitwell Cycling Club


Sitwell CC Road Captain:

Ted Daly.

Leaving from the corner of Turner Lane & High Street at 8:30 am.

Ride description:

Ideal for the rider who lacks the temperament and emotional stability to sit through a live England Rugby game.

This is an undulating route which kicks off with heart pounding climbs up Guilthwaite Hill and Reservoir Road before breathing rates relax and the ride settles into a steady tempo. Onwards through Todwick and then a right turn at Harthill to Spinkhill but unfortunately not the same hill.After inhaling the sweet Staveley air it's a gradual climb up to Sutton Scarsdale with spectacular views across the valley to Bolsover Castle.Next up is the small village of Heath and then on to Stainsby famous for it's Victorian flour mill.

Up ahead through parkland scattered with ancient oaks are Hardwick's turrets bearing the initials of Bess of Hardwick. After four marriages and three dead husbands she accumulated a fortune to become the richest woman in England after Queen Elizabeth 1.

Half time refreshments are at Hardwick Hall cafe (cash and cards).

Homeward bound is a fairly straight run North through Glapwell, Whaley, Elmton and down Packman Lane to Kiveton Park Station. There follows the penultimate ascent up Dog Kennel to Dinnington and beyond to Laughton before the final burst of activity down Royds and back to HQ for a welcome drink.

Spoiler Alert -anyone with Antipodean sympathies or being indiscreet with live match reports will be sin-binned and sent to the back of the peloton.

The total distance is 53 miles / 86 km, with a total elevation gain of 3,772 feet / 1,150 metres.

The route can be downloaded here: Strava: https://www.strava.com/routes/22312625.

The cafe stop will be at Hardwick Hall.

The pace on this ride will be approx 13-15mph.


What do you need?
Helmets are required, and carry at least one spare inner tube plus a basic tool kit comprising a minimum of:

Tyre levers
Chain tool (chain breaker)
One inner tube (preferably two)
Spanner (with multiple size holes, helps with brake/pedal situations)
Spoke key
Mini pump (or gas canisters and valve)
An emergency tenner (useful at the cafe stop if nothing else)
In the Winter months riders should have full length mudguards and preferably a mudguard flap - it helps to keep our kit clean!

Our no-drop policy applies to every club ride so there will usually be a tool for the job amongst us somewhere and hands on deck to help out. However, it's still wise to carry a toolkit of your own in case you have to head back home alone for any reason.

More information can be found on our site here:

Rules of the road
Everyone on a club ride needs to take responsibility for the safety of others as well as for themselves. In order to ensure our rides remain safe as well as good fun, we ask all our members to follow some basic rules and standards of cycling etiquette.

If you're considering just doing part of this ride we would recommend you familiarise yourself with the area and/or bring a map of some kind. However, if you ask the Road Captain they will help as much as possible in directing you.

Please let someone know if you leave the ride/group as we don't want to waste time searching for you if nothing is wrong. 

If you are struggling in anyway don't suffer in silence, please let the Road Captain know so they can help if possible.

This is an opportunity to meet up for a ride with others and socialise. Although someone will be determining the route you are ultimately responsible for your own actions.

26 Oct 2019 at 8:30am
until 26 Oct 2019 at 1:00pm
Brookside Pharmacy
2A Turner Lane
S60 4HY

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