On our way to Darley Hall we passed a sign for a castle, I scoffed at this and Richard said no, there really is a ruin. So without further ado we went to have a look.
Someries Castle: The castle is a brick building built by Sir John Wenlock in the 15th century. What remains is in ruins but will allow you to imagine how it must have looked in its prime. The remaining brick building is the gatehouse to the actual manor house. All that remains of the manor house is the clearly visible earthworks that outline the plot where once the house would have stood. The bricks from the manor house were used to build the nearby farmhouses in the 17th century.
Safe from our brush with culture we decide that tea at Emily’s in Whitwell would be great, but on our way there I did a delightful controlled skid into the hedges opposite me. A car came up in front of us as we were on a descent, I touched my brakes lightly and off I skidded into a neighbouring hedgerow. With a mouth full of stinging nettles I waved the car on then humbly picked myself up, dusted down, straightened my forks and headed off to Emily’s.
Tea, ah! it’s nice, and the café was full of cyclists. At this point I noticed the stingers were becoming uncomfortable, especially in the ear (not recommended). From here we made a beeline back to the start. All in all a good mornings ride and I felt better for doing it, but I’m quietly happy that nobody else turned up.