After a morning’s work and old people’s lunch club (eat roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and call it work) on Tuesday 27 September, I collected our friend Jess at Duffield Station (she had been in Birmingham all morning) and we drove up the A6 to Bakewell. We parked and had a wander, then continued on to Monsal Head – website. We had a lovely walk down the side of the valley, across the River Wye, and up to the railway. Headstone Viaduct dates back to 1863, and it is great to be able to walk across and through the tunnel.
Chapel. c1870. Coursed Squared limestone with gritstone dressings. Welsh slate roof. Rock faced quoins and moulded kneelers, South elevation has protecting central bay acting as a porch and belfry. Deeply chamfered round arched doorway with rock faced quoins. Heavily recessed doors. Circular sounding hole above again with chamfer and rock faced quoins. Gabled ashlar bellcote. Either side is a narrow arrow slit window with circular head. West and east elevations have three round-arched windows with deep chamfer.
Rather nice – good for them for tapping the wedding market.
We drove back into Bakewell and stopped at “Because I like it”. It was well gone 5 but they were happy to sell us Bakewell Tart and tea, much appreciated. A lovely drive home via minor roads.