Saturday, 8 June 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.

Sunday, 10 June 2012


The day starts with a walk along the banks of the beautiful Buttermere, the water is so still there is a perfect reflection

Then it's a climb uphill over Scarth Gap Pass and into Ennerdale Valley walking upto Black Sail Youth Hut where we stayed for a cuppa when we did the coast to coast three years ago

This time though instead of turning left on the coast to coast route we turned right over Black Sail Pass, down into Mosedale where i decided to have a lay down in this very cool puddle

On to Wasdale Head for the first drink of the day in the Wasdale Head Inn on the banks of Wastwater the deepest lake in England

Just after leaving Wasdale Head there was this massive dry river bed, i guess it just shows how much it's dried up

Then it's a long climb up onto Eskdale Moor time for a quick dip in Burnmoor Tarn

Then a long gentle descent to Eskdale and the village of Boot for a number of beers in both pubs the Brook House Inn

And The Boot Inn where we spent the evening


Day two started with a long walk up Coledale Valley, as you can see another hot day, tongue out already.

Onwards down the track towards Crag mine.

Force Crag Mine was the last working metal mine in the Lake District, prior to its final abandonment in 1991. The site was mined for lead from 1839 until 1865, and for zinc and barytes from 1867. The National Trust owns the site, and access to the processing mill buildings and machinery was restored in 2004. Visitors can discover what was mined and follow the processing of the minerals through the mill plant.

Then it's onwards and upwards to Hopegill Head

We are going to walk along that ridge behind us, down the steep drop at the other side towards Crummock Water

Just before that downhill, it's a quick rest, but what a smell, who's took his boots off !!!!

Then it's the Fish Inn at Buttermere for a couple of beers

 Then it's a walk upto the Dalegarth Guesthouse. Here we met the lovely James and Kelly.

James and Kelly suggested the Bridge Hotel for a pint, well Pud's never one to turn down a beer !!!

While there Kelly decided to play fetch the beer mat with me, which was fine by me, until i'd managed to chew all the beer mats in the place, imagine my shock when the bar staff brought me my bill !!!!

Thank you Kelly !!!! Good fun though loved everyone at Dalegarth. 


Well it's that time of year again, walking hols with Pud. He's decided to do this walk, roughly anyway, we will actually cut across from boot to Coniston Water so he can get back for cricket.
Walking along the roadside the first water we come across is Rydal Water on the way to Grasmere
Then it's along the valley at Far Easedale to start climbing the hills at the back. Just look at the perfectly clear blue sky, hot, hot, hot, tongue lopping out already

This picture is taken at the top of a place called Greenup Edge looking back to the famous Lion and the Lamb
As you can see it is still blistering hot, i'm managing just fine but Pud is wilting FAST. But not to worry, just down the steep climb behind me is Stonethwaite and the first pub .....

The Longstrath Inn, Stonethwaite.

A cool beer for Pud, a few doggie biscuits for me and away we go. 200 yards down the road, well let's just say he must be more thirsty than ae thought because into The Riverside bar at Rosthwaite for another swiftie.

Next was a walk beside the Derwent River

Then we were that tired it was a walk along the road via The Swinside Inn in Newlands Valley

Then finally arriving a 7.00pm at the Royal Oak in Braithwaite. BUGGERED !!!!!!!!