Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Peak District

Frank, Sean and I met up in Matlock. Our night's camp was pre-booked at the Duke William pub, a good pitch apart from the very loud church clock nearby. Still, the pub was welcoming, the beer was good and so was the food.

Next morning we set off north along the Derwent Valley Heritage Way out of Matlock for about three miles up to Rowsley where we stopped for coffee and a snack at Caudwells Mill.

It would have been nice to have spent more time here but we had to get on. We left Rowsley along a yellow (on the map) road northwards which turned into an enclosed track and then into woodland at Bouns Corner, across the top of Haddon Park and then down to the A6 road, taking the footpath across the road from Haddon Hall to Alport. From there, into Youlgrave and a refreshment stop at The George. We probably stopped too long there!

From Youlgrave, we joined the Limestone Way and followed it for a few miles into Winster where we pitched behind The Miners Standard. The last time I camped here was February 2011 when we were hit by heavy snow - see http://litehikersblog.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=standard. Next morning, we continued along the Limestone Way back into Matlock. An excellent, but ridiculously inexpensive, full English was had at the cafe adjoining The Railway pub.

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