Ok the challenge was to go to Hadfield (Royston Vasey), where they filmed the legendary ‘League of Gentlemen’ Leaving from Ladybarn,Manchester and intending on following the National Cycle Route 62, that incorporates the ‘Pennine Trail’ sounds simple Hey!…Well it’s not, I found getting to Stockport easy along the Mersey on a new laid and signposted cycle path, but then that was where the problems began, after going round in circles for a while I opted for a route through Stockport, twinned with Beziers almost like polar opposites, it was where I had to ask the first of many people directions, this being one of the days positives the helpfulness of the ‘Locals’ was amazing and given the theme of the day I opened every conversation with “Are you local?”
I eventually got on a cycle path from Stockport to Marple then asked to way to Glossop and if anyone knows this area, you go up a steep hill then down a steep hill then up the steep hill in front of you, which was fine but heading what I thought was Hadfield I ended up back where I started, so it was up more steep hills.
I eventually made it to the unremarkable Hadfield and was completely underwhelmed, which I suppose is the point, the reason they chose the town, the feeling that you would never leave if you were here it was for life, I got that….I did purchase some local Parkin Cake that was gorgeous and boosted my energy levels.
I took a few photos that fans of the show will recognise alas there was no ‘special stuff’ on the menu today.
As would be the theme of the day I went the wrong way out of Hadfield but carried on along the Pennine Trail route beside the three reservoirs towards the Woodhead Pass.
The Longdendale chain of reservoirs that extend 10km from Hadfield to Padfield designed by Frederick Bateman (1810-89) and when completed in 1877 formed the largest body of man made water in the world, and Europe’s first major conservation scheme, this a a fantastic cycle friendly route but as per usual the signage finished and it was then that I gave up and decided to head back to Manchester hoping that the NCR62 would be easier to navigate in reverse, it was promising at first but then I came up against a brick wall again so had to retake the hilly route back to Marple.
Once I made it to Stockport I was lucky enough to bump into two road men, and caught a lift on there wheel back to Manchester.