The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and cycling in the 1890s: 149. Getting to the Bakewell Meet from the North

J D S’s report concluded. “A further word as to the hilly country” and another from Mr Bagshaw.

JDS reported on what was planned for the Bakewell Meet on 28 March 1896 – ending with this “further word.”

A further word as to the hilly country. No novice should attempt to ride into Bakewell from the north. The Yorkshire contingent from the Huddersfield side will need to exercise special care between Huddersfield and Penistone. Leeds must look out for the really dangerous hill at Chapeltown, five miles on the Barnsley side of Sheffield. Manchester must not ride via Chapel-en-le-Frith and Sparrow Pit. The four miles between Wardlow and Ashford is extremely dangerous. The best way is though Whaley Bridge and Buxton. Just before entering Buxton care is necessary, as there is always a lot of traffic at the foot of the hill. Then again, after passing Taddington Church, keep well hold of the machine and look out for the nasty corner where more than twenty serious accidents happened last season.

Let there be no coasting and no fool-hardy riding, or accidents are sure to happen. A rider cannot be said to have proper control of his machine if his feet are off the pedals.


Then the following week, 4 April, the following appeared.

Mr Bagshaw, of Sheffield, writes me as follows: “Will you please inform all Yorkshipe Clarion cyclists who propose attending the Bakewell meet by way of Barnsley and Sheffield  that there is a much safer and better way than via Chapeltown hill, viz. On reaching  Birdwell (between Barnsley and Chapeltown) go through Wortley Park to the village of Wortley, and you are then on the Penistone and Sheffield main road. A little care is necessary on reaching Wadsley Bridge. Riders wills find this a good, easy road.”

And J.D. S returned to the Cycling Notes column with the followng

”Bakewell as seen from the Midland railway line is one of the most beautiful villages in Derbyshire. It had a “quaint Roman bridge” while “The church and the puddings are the pride of the place. Clarionettes should not leave without sampling both.”

Next time: The 2nd Easter Meet at Bakewell


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