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
limestone way from Monyash to Flagg on leaving Flagg I was intrigued by the Five wells chambered cairn a picture is shown below.
Megalithic portal and Derbyshire Heritage.
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).
The route from Blackwell along Cheedale to Millers Dale and along the Monsal trail
lime kilns at Millers dale
vortex shedding perhaps.
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: