Always eager to hunt out new monkey territory, I suggest a trip to Buxton, a 110 mile round trip from Liverpool. It’s a nice summer day, I have no work commitments… let’s go.
As you can see here, Buxton – which is in the Peak District – falls into the SK postcode area. I’m fairly hopeful of good monkey hunting here… the area has been wealthy due to Manchester merchants and wool, and so am looking forward to some monkeys.
But no, dear reader, we could not find any monkeys in Buxton. A well, yes… The largest unsupported dome in the UK, yes… and you can see these (and more) over on Ronnie’s blog – here.
But, no monkeys.
Still we had a lovely day and I really hope the spa project comes off and that Buxton once again becomes a spa town with a spa – like the lovely place in Bath. We set off home deciding to take the more scenic route through Macclesfield. And on the A537, stop here, at The Cat and Fiddle Inn – the second highest pub in England, at 1,689 feet above sea level.
It is a tree-less area. Sheep graze. There are no monkeys, but it is a good place for a lemonade. We carry on towards home.
Coming down off the hills as we approach Macclesfield I see this.
Yes, a monkey. On a stretch of road where there is nowhere to stop. We park at the bottom of the hill, and I walk back to find the monkey.
The part of the A537 up by The Cat and Fiddle Inn has been named by the AA as ‘the most dangerous stretch of road in the UK’ – and even in this lower part of the road, the cars come flying down at great speed, as do bikes and motorbikes. But I am undeterred. After all, I have a monkey to hunt.
As I am walking back down the hill I see another familiar shape.
By now the evening light is getting a bit tricky and monkeys can be difficult to photograph. SK2 is no exception, it’s a large male, but hidden by other trees. We drive on, and through Macclesfield. I am pleased it has not been a monkey-less day. On the other side of Macclesfield I notice a particularly well planted area of trees at this roundabout.
Looking down Ivy Road, I see this…
So, not a monkey-less day after all and the start of our SK catalogue.