July 20th 2018.
We drove from last nights stop the short distance to Buxton where we managed to squeeze Homer into a small car park below the railway station.
Unfortunately due to parking restrictions I wasn’t able to give the time to take many photos of this beautiful spa town which is about 1000ft above sea level and is renowned for its Georgian and Victorian architecture. Much of its splendour is attributed to the Duke of Devonshire who wanted Buxton to rival Bath as a spa town.
Buxton has natural thermal springs at a constant temperature of 28 degrees and their properties have been in use since Roman times. Amongst its architectural gems are the Devonshire Dome on what is now the university and it has a larger span than St. paul’s cathedral, it also has an exquisite Opera House which each year hosts performances of many different genre.
Our time here was limited so we mainly made use of its shopping facilities to restock with a few food items, dog treats for Layla and a pair of shorts for me, sale item of course.
From Buxton we drove the short distance to the site we are staying on for the weekend, Laneside Caravan Park near Hope. It’s a largish commercial site providing pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes on a mixture of grass and hardstandings. We have met up here with Alison and Peter who are becoming regular motorhome buddies.
After consuming several teas and coffees and putting the world to rights plus catching up on gossip since we last met, we went for a walk on a public footpath across fields to the village of Hope. This is a small village in the Derbyshire Peak District and is situated at the point where the River Noe and Peakhole Water meet.
It has a few shops and cafes plus pub and a Chinese an Indian takeaway so enough to provide for a stay on the camp site.