February 27, 2013 - 3.0
Cromford to Newhaven, the Via Gellia has a host of different challenges. Road surface can be really rather slippery for the first few miles due to the overhanging trees and constant quarry lorries, which will often come around the corners well over the white line, at speed. Crappy road surface in places (again those lorries) doesnt help. Has a couple of dodgy joining-junctions and tightening bends early on too. It does open up though, after the quarries, into a lovely fast, bendy, undulating run through Pikehall and on to Newhaven, where it links up with the A515 Ashbourne to Buxton. Never seen a copper on the Via Gellia. Id say to go steady until your clear of the overhanging trees, and then it does get quite fun.