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Parkside Classic Run.
Resume of the route
A Resume of the Parkside Classic Tour 2019
Best read with a map to hand.
After a short drive across town the route climbs eastward on the A623 to a right turn at the top of Hady Hill. This is followed by a short run on minor roads to emerge again on the A623 to be quickly followed by a right at the roundabout at Arkwright Town.
Heading south the route approaches the entrance to Hardwick Park but after passing Stainsby Mill swings left towards Ault Hucknall and skirts the park to the east through Teversall to re-cross the M1 close to Tibshelf Services. After passing through Newton and Westhouses our way continues in a generally westerly direction through Shirland and Wessington on towards Holloway. Here the run drops down to cross the River Derwent at Whatstandwell bridge before a gentle climb via Longway Bank to Wirksworth Moor.
Rather than drop down into the town a left turn has the road follow the high ground to the west of the A6 to join that road in Duffield. After about half a mile a left turn takes you back across the Derwent then northwards to Makeney then east to Holbrook. Once you pass under the A38 at Coxbench it is only a short run through Kilburn to a break at the Denby Pottery Visitor Centre.
The afternoon section of the route begins by passing back under the A38 to skirt the town of Belper down to the A6 and a short run south to the river crossing at Milford. Here a hairpin right follows the river on a road called Chevinside to the A517 at Blackbrook where a right turn follows this road to Cowers Lane where a right at traffic lights heads towards Wirksworth on the B5023. A left off this road takes the run through the village of Kirk Ireton. Once through the village the minor roads become quite narrow to pass south of Carsington reservoir but rather than the usual road under the dam wall a parallel road passes through Hognaston before the turning to Bradbourne.
Many of our regulars will realise that this is leading to Tissington via the ford. At the exit of the village a shortened route option follows the A515 to rejoin the main route as it returns to this road.
On exiting the village at the A515 the main route crosses the road and on through Thorpe and Ilam. A right at the impressive monument there has you heading for Alstonfield before re-joining the A515. After a short distance a left heads in the direction of Hartington but rather than visit this tourist mecca our way is through the pretty Long Dale which we have not used for a number of years. A right eventually brings the route to Parsley Hay where, after crossing the A515, it heads towards Monyash.
Once over the A515 there is a further route shortening along Long Rake.
From Monyash a series of straight ‘yellows’ (OS speak) will eventually join the B5055 and on to a right turn for Over Haddon. A left before the village will lead to hairpins and ‘quiet lane’ signs before crossing the River Lathkill at the ancient site of Conksbury village and to a left turn for Youlgreave. From here the route continues to the A6 and on to Rowsley where shortly after a turn towards Chatsworth there is a right which, following a steep climb with hairpins, heads across Beeley Moor.
From here there is only a long descent through Holymoorside to a well-earned tea and cake back at Parkside Community School.
Noel & Tony