Thursday, 22 September 2016

A Walk Around Ladybower Reservoir

Hello Lovelies,
here's the final instalment from my weekend away with hubby.

On Sunday morning we woke to sunshine and wanted to make the most of our last few hours in the Peak District. We headed for Ladybower Reservoir.
It was rather tricky finding anywhere to park...a sunny Sunday meant the place was very busy. But eventually we found a spot and began our walk.

How I loved the glimpses of the water through the trees........


And the view across the water, fading willow-herb making an interesting foreground.......


We called in at the visitor centre and the headed towards the damn of the higher Derwent Reservoir......


It's an impressive structure (you can see how tiny the people look) , but it did make me feel uneasy...all that water, pushing on that wall....time to move on.....


We wandered down a quiet lane.....


and I smiled at the cute old post box.......


and more views across the water.....



 Hubby had struggled with some of the gradients on our previous walks. His knees trouble him, and if I'm very honest my own knees were protesting slightly too.
 My little walk book had only one level walk...the promise of good paths looked appealing too........


The sun was quiet hot and any shade was very welcome.......


Two villages were flooded when Ladybower was created to supply water to the big cities. Here you could just see some remains of Derwent village at the waters edge.......


The sheep sheltering from the sun had a pretty garden gate in their field. I wondered if it was from a house which is no more......


Ladybower is surrounded by impressive hills, and I was tempted to take the high path here........


No Jacquie, today is for waterside walking, and very nice it was too.......











Ladybower is pretty huge, but happily it has a bridge you can cross to make a walk-able circuit......


I stopped to take a photo as we crossed the bridge


We were on the return stretch now and I loved the Hawthorn bushes covered in berries here......


another view of the bridge......


A bee busy visiting a lone Foxglove........


There was a great variety of trees around the waters edge. I especially loved the pines......


and the cute way-markers made me smile. I need a walking outfit like this :0)


What an stylish hat :0).......


Here we knew there could not be far to go and we wanted to eat our picnic before returning to the car, we nearly stopped here, but I hoped to find a clearing.........







and after a little while longer, there it was........


Oh my, what a view.......


The moors had interesting rock formations on the horizon.........






We ate a sandwich and then...as the hot cross buns had all run out...Danish pastries "saved" from the breakfast buffet :0).......

Gosh they were yummy!

How I loved this view, back towards the site of the flooded Derwent village. The colours of the moorland above it were just beautiful......


This was my favourite view on the whole walk. With the blue sky and the blue water framing the beautiful hills.......


As we reluctantly got up to leave I commented to hubby about the lack of reflections despite the calm day......


then, as we turned to look back, some had appeared........


Just little "puddles" of reflections, but still so pretty.......


one last look.........


and back to the car.........


It was a lovely end to our Peak District break, and I had managed to squeeze this in our ruck sack.......

A calendar of beautiful views I had bought in the visitor centre. 

We were home by 3pm and youngest had a big hug for me. It was lovely to get away, and it's always lovely to come home.
Jacquie x

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

A Walk from Castleton :: Peak District Hill 5

Hello Lovelies,
On Saturday the weather forecast was for thick cloud all day...never mind I thought, at least it's not rain.
We set off in the car for Castleton, and happily the sat nav took us through the staggering Winnats Pass.  


It was surprisingly quiet in the car park as we pulled on our boots and I checked out the route. Just 5 and a half miles my guide said....but, and it's a big but....1,100 feet of ascent.


We wandered into the village and looked up at the ruined Peveril Castle


Castleton = Castle Town, of course......


Literally just off the Market place you come across this........


Which leads to the steep path up through Cave Dale........


It was tricky walking, on the wet and slippery loose rocks. I was relieved to emerge on to grass...

Looking back down cave dale

Oh look, free range eggs...ummm. Best not Buy any now though. They would be scrambled by the time the walk was over :0)


I loved the easy stroll past quietly munching cows here......


But towering up ahead we could see the high point of the walk....and plenty of people already up there.......


a bee enjoying these pretty thistles caught my eye.........



The path began to climb, and climb. We walked steadily to the base of Mam Tor it's self........


If you click on this photo you should be able to read the text........


This photo was taken looking back at the final steep climb up the hillside. I LOVED the view from here.......



Last few yards now.........


Yes, we made it :0).......


1,696 feet above sea level .........

the highest Peak District hill I've climbed so far :0)

We stood and admired the views for a while
Edale 



Then began the walk along the ridge......


As you can see it's a hugely popular spot. The national trust has had to build stone paths to combat the erosion caused by so many people. The Peak District was Britain's first national park and it's sandwiched between the big cities of Manchester and Sheffield so it's understandable that it gets busy at the weekend.

On Saturday it was surprisingly warm, and then the sun came out. Yay.


Time to stop for a snack...more hot cross buns with a view :0)........


And study the map...oh look, that's a familiar view......



Oh, and a cyclist too.......



From our picnic spot we could see the impressive landslip that happened in the 1970's.....



I zoomed in for a close up of what used to be a road......


until it was covered in tons of earth........


As well as cyclists, runners and walkers there were lots of people in the air.......





the lovely view across the Hope valley.....


zooming in on  Castleton, houses and streets nestled below the castle and the impressive entrance to Peak Cavern.......


Oh , did I ever say how much I love hills?
Here I am looking very happy to be on such a beautiful hill on an unexpectedly sunny day.....

Reading glasses to the ready as I can't read a thing without them these days!

Soon it was time to start our descent......


A steep path led to steps.....


and then a tricky path.......


another view of Mam Tor and that landslip.......


It was interesting to read the history of this path on this information board. If you click on the picture it will be easier to read....


Ahhh, an easy stroll. Such a relief......


another view towards the cavern and the Castle........


Hello Sheep.......


Pretty barns and stone walls........



and cottages.........


It was so tempting to take off our boots and cool our hot feet here.........



But we resisted as we were nearly back at the car where sandals awaited.

Castleton was super busy by the time we got back too. It's a tourist hotspot and has a great free museum which we wandered around.

I snapped the exhibits which most interested me......








I loved the verse on the jug you can see in the picture above.......

Let the Wealthy and Great
Roll in Splendour and State
I envy them not I declare it
I eat my own lamb
My chickens and ham.
I shear my own fleece and I wear it
I have lawns, I have bow'rs
I have fruits, I have flow'rs
The lark is my morning alarmer
So jolly boys now, here's God speed the Plough,
Long life and success to the Farmer.

With the sun still shining outside we decided our tired legs might let us explore just a little more.....


after a little refreshment :0).......


This was my favourite view..........



I do hope you lovelies enjoyed joining us on this rather special walk.
Jacquie x