Saturday, January 18, 2014

Abbey Brook

Hooray it's the weekend and this morning we are going to walk a short section of the darpeak50milechallenge. There has been a lot of rain and this morning there is light rain. We arrived at Fairholmes in the Derwent Valley SK173894 the car park was fairly empty.

Our walk took us along the side of the Derwent reservoir and upto Abbey Brook. This is an interesting valley with lots of twists and turns, and intriguing offshoots. We followed this onto the main path which leads to Back Tor. The descent from Back Tor was nice we followed a path which returned us towards the Abbey Brook path. There are quite a few paths in this area so we followed the line of a drystone wall to take us to a path which would return us closer to Fairholmes. The detailed route is shown on MapMyRun

This was a good walk after roughly 8 miles we both still felt able to walk a further 8. By the time we returned the rain had stopped and the car park had filled up there were quite a few people who had run the circuit of the reservoir. We had a quick cup of tea and headed off back home quite pleased with our quick tour. We finished in good time we were both in demand, Bryce was called on the phone by his daughter requesting his skills to decorate her bedroom.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Lathkill, Cheedale, Millers Dale and the Monsal Trail

I stepped out of the car at the Hassop Station Cafe/Bookshop on a nice crisp morning with a blue sky, yehh. Our two heroes remained at home as my intention today was to walk Lathkill Dale and Cheedale (repeating part of yesterdays walk). The route proceeded in a clockwise direction from The Hassop Station bookshop (gridref. SK217705) to Bakewell, along Lathkill dale to Monyash, Limestone Way to Blackwell, along Cheedale, Millers Dale and returning along the Monsal trail to the start. The 24 mile route is illustrated on the map below.

The full route

I was pleased to have started the walk from Hassop it was good to walk relatively early in the morning meeting dog walkers on the Monsal trail and watching the shops open as I went through Bakewell. It was good to be sufficiently early to avoid busy streets. 

The route to Bakewell followed the Monsal trail as far as Bakewell station 

Beautiful Lathkill

A Sluice in Lathkill Dale
Millstones in Lathkill Dale

The source of the river Lathkill

Not far from our house is a sign which points to a pinfold I didn't know exactly what these were, the sign and the following photograph provide a nice explanation. This pinfold is

Some friendly horses said hello!

I followed the limestone way from Monyash to Flagg on leaving Flagg I was intrigued by the Five wells chambered cairn a picture is shown below.
There is an easy access path full details are available at the Megalithic portal and Derbyshire Heritage.

The walk from Flagg to Blackwell

The first set of Cheedale stepping stones.. these had become slightly submerged since yesterday. I was quite surprised by the level (not as high as I would expect). There has been a lot of precipitation over the last couple of weeks. Yesterday there was a story about a new sink hole opening up, near Foolow (BBC news story). 

A Bridge near Cheedale tunnel

The second set of Cheedale stepping stones
Millers dale viaduct, no abseilers today!

The route from Blackwell along Cheedale to Millers Dale and along the Monsal trail

The lime kilns at Millers dale
A curious early evening cloud pattern, some form of vortex shedding perhaps.

The Litton tunnel the next tunnel is the cressbrook tunnel  (details at Wikipedia - Monsal Trail)

The return route along the Monsal trail

Near beautiful Water-Cum-Jolly

As I paced along the Monsal trail the sun was beginning to set, it was becoming cooler although the temperature had barely risen to a levl which could be described as warm. I've been using MapMyRun to track the route today I had a spare battery back this was needed as it took 7 hours and 20 minutes to complete the route. To view the route on mapmyrun follow the link below:

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year Adventure in Cheedale

A wet soggy start to the New Year but one with great cheer. I was reminded of this when we stepped out of the car  and into the wind and driving rain. We parked the car at Blackwell (grid ref. SK126720). Joining up with the limestone way we dropped down into Cheedale. This route is an old favourite, we had walked the Cheedale disappearing stones  three years ago, the conditions for that walk were somewhat better.

It has to be said that despite the driving rain we set off in enormously good spirits reveling in the oozing mud and farmyard stinks, we even jogged a little. As we dropped down to Cheedale along the Pennine bridleway are excitement increased we first reached the Monsal trail and the old railway, very exciting for Louis. Further on I revealed that we were to walk the stepping stones route this was greeted with much approval.

Cheedale was as wonderful as normal  and with the rain as squidgy as normal this was fun for my two youngsters happily marching along. As we approached the Wormhill springs/Flag dale path Louis started feeling wet and cold. I'd hoped to get a little further along, I decided to carry him on my shoulders. By the time we got to the top of the hill to Blackwell we were blasted by the wind, Louis did not approve of this! I was keen to get us all back and Keisha gaily kept up with the pace I'd built up. After shedding our wet clothes and warming up in the car Louis and Keisha enjoyed hot chocolate and buiscuits, Louis was glued to Thomas the Tank engine on the television.