Halloween in the Peak District (30rd October 2011)

Fiona and I were driven by Sarah to meet Cathy and Ian, with their baby Caitlyn.


  1. Cycled back from work
  2. Packed bag
  3. Fiona made jacket potatos with corned beef and melted cheese, plus a pot of beans on the side
  4. We took the Tube then changed for a train to Radlett (Fiona’s hometown)
  5. Sarah was waiting at Radlett station for us, having driven up from Whitstable
  6. Stopped at a services for some coffee and a rest break
  7. Arrived at the house somewhen around 11pm


  1. Woke up at 11am, long after everyone else
  2. Headed into Leek, the local town.
  3. Bought lunch at Deli – soup which we ate outside.
  4. Looked in various trinket shops.
  5. Bought cake from Thorntons for trip to Hampshire.
  6. Tea at Tea and Times (we think that was the name) – a teashop/clock repairers. Had scones and hot chocolate.
  7. Wandered to car via small shopping arcade that had an owl sanctuary demonstration with various owls on display. Probably the same ones that we saw at sanctuary on last visit.
  8. Returned to house and carved pumpkins - bat & owl.
  9. Got dressed in Vampire costumes. Sarah was a ghost maid, Cathy a witch, Iain a Devil and Caitlin a vampire baby. Bib said “Beware I’m Teething”.
  10. Drove down road to Froghall on Churnet Valley railway and boarded a diesel train.
  11. It took us through Cheddleton and then a tunnel, suddenly turning the lights off!
  12. Lots of passengers were dressed in Halloween costumes including the guards.
  13. Train returned to Cheddleton where we dismebarked and got some food – ate a pie and a glass of red wine in carriage on train.
  14. Watched a band on other side of platform playing old rock and roll covers and had a boogie.
  15. A steam train picked us up after 45 mins of this and we found our own compartment.
  16. Spooky soundtrack over tannoy and Halloween characters parading up and down trying to scare us, including a particularly authentic-looking Hellraiser.
  17. When we arrived at back at station there was entertainment, including a Halloween disco with actors and a fairground. We sat in a cafe and had some more food and drink and decided to head back.
  18. Watched most of the Halloween edition of Strictly Come Dancing


  1. Woke up at 11am, long after everyone else (again!)
  2. Fiona brought me cheese on toast, which I ate in bed
  3. Sarah drove us to a pub for lunch with Ian and Cathy
  4. I ordered the pork in cider sauce with new potatos
  5. Caitlyn realised that objects under a napkin still existed and could be revealed by removing the napkin
  6. This turned out to be something like a casserole, the sauce was so thick and tasty!