Saturday, 8 June 2013

PEAK DISTRICT 2013

Day one started at Hathersage, here i am at Hathesage church


where a couple of weeks ago the beauty of the the London Olympics 2012 got married !!!! Biggest mistake of her life, she could've married me if only she'd have asked !!!!

so day one involved walking to Longshaw 6.5 miles, then to Baslow 6.5 miles, then to Rowsley 5.5 miles finally to Youlgrave 6.5 miles, 25 miles altogether TOO FAR. This is North Lees Hall, for all you well read people its most famous occupants were the Eyre family who lived in the hall from 1750 to 1882 and so famous for its association with Charlotte Bronte, who stayed at Hathersage Vicarage during 1845. She used North Lees Hall as the basis for Thornfield Hall, Mr Rochesters house in her novel 'Jane Eyre'.


Views from the top of Stanage Edge the longest of the peaklands eastern edges stretching for over three miles.


Then its through The Longshaw Estate, this is Longshaw Lodge built by the Duke of Rutland in 1827 as a lavish shooting lodge to entertain the likes of King George V and the Duke of Wellington.


Then it's up and over Froggatt Edge, 1.5 miles of gritstone edges with views across the Derwent valley.


This is me just getting some shade by The Eagles Stone. Yes i know it doesn't look like an eagle ? That's because it was named after the celtic god Aigle who was apparently rather fond of throwing large stones around the countryside.


Then a little further on, just before Baslow, Wellington's Cross built in 1866 by a Doctor Wrench who served as a surgoen in Crimea.


A quick pint in the Devonshire Arms at Baslow, then it's through the Duke of Devonshires front garden at Chatsworth House, home to the Dukes of Devonshire for over 450 years.


This is the Nine Ladies Stone Circle, set in a clearing on Stanton Moor. Built around 4000 years ago according to legend, the Nine Ladies were turned to stone for dancing on the Sabbath. Quite right too !!!!


On across Stanton Moor towards Youlgrave we pass the Cork Stone a solitary mushroom shaped outcrop of sandstone.


Day 2 was pleasant valley walking from Youlgrave to Tideswell vial Monsal Head following the Lathkill River and the River Wye. Along the Lathkill are remains of few old Lead mines. This is the remains of Bateman's House that once housed a 120-horsepower engine that pumped water out of the mines, but as the lead mine went deeper keeping the water out proved too difficult  and it closed in 1842.


When you leave the Lathkill valley you come across Magpie Mine one of the best preserved 19th century lead mines in england and didn't close untill 1954.


Then it's into the River Wye Valley following the valley past nunerous man made weirs towards Mosal Head.


A view of the River Wye from Monsal Head.


Along the old railway line along the Monsal Trail is Cressbrook Mill originally established by Richard Arkwright ' Father of The Factory System' and leader of the Industrial Revolution.


A swan's nest in the middle of the River Wye.