On Friday i was joined by employees of Siftware.com. They had reserved an afternoon walking in the white Peak District as a kind gesture from Darren who founded the company in 2006.
I decided that we should meet in Bakewell and spend the afternoon casually walking along the Monsal trail. The accessible to all Monsal trail is a disused railway line which spans eight and a half miles in length from Bakewell to Buxton. A project in 1863 by the Midland railway company. It was closed in 1968 (not a part of the Beeching axe) and reopened in 1981 after much support by the Peak District national park authority. Walkers, runners, cyclists and horse riders now enjoy the restored trail and tunnels.
I decided that we should head from Bakewell along the trail to Monsal head viaduct. With the platforms from the disused rail stations still in tact and now converted we spoke about the history of the rail connection and the importance of the industrial revolution. Many birch trees line the trail and we talked about the lichen clinging to the walls of Headstone tunnel, just before Monsal viaduct is revealed.
Darran and Hayley had told myself that didn’t want an obvious team building corporate day out. The employees of Siftware.com just wanted to catch up after Christmas, enjoy the Peak District and exercise a little. We did just that.