Setting off from Hartington Old Station along the Tissington Trail.
All that info about a hole in the ground - Ballidon Quarry!
Could some of these Peak District sheep be the source of the golden fleece?
At last back at Hartington Old Station!
Walk stats: Distance: 14.2 miles. Climb: 1320'.
6 Hours 5 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.7 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.3 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Vicky and birthday boy Mike.
Overall this was a superb day for walking, mainly sunny with a cool breeze at times, but not even a drop of rain until we were well on the way home after dropping in at the Wilkes Head in Leek.
This a pleasant easy walk, except for the occasional stone stiles across the limestone walls, but all were negotiated without mishap. In addition Derbyshire lived up to its reputation with few patches of mud.
The distant views were quite good despite not being crystal clear.
Lunch was taken just after covering 6.4 miles, over half way as we thought, in a sheltered delightful valley. South of Royston Grange.
After lunch we soon realised that e had set off the wrong way down the valley, but thankfully we did as this was a delightful limestone valley typical of the Peak District, and we would have missed it had we gone the right way.
Once on Parwich Lane, the Sun gave a brilliant golden coloured light, that made some of the sheep seem to have a golden fleece.
We arrived back at the car to find that we had walked over 14 miles, no wonder some of us felt tired!
Birds seen or heard today included: Carrion crow, House sparrow, Collared dove, European robin, Common kestrel, Rook, Jackdaw, Raven, Redwing and Fieldfare.
As usual a good pint of Hartington Bitter was enjoyed in the friendly surrounding of the Wilkes Head in Leek.