What wonderful weather we had for our walk on Sunday 5th November. As we drove towards our destination we were amazed at the great number of parked cars on the roadside and realised that we would probably have a problem at getting three cars parked near to the start of the walk. The sight of clear blue skies and sunshine had brought families out for picnics and strolls along the paths. Fortunately we were able to park in Hollins Bank car park and Trish Law started our walk by leading us along a track marked to Hathersage and Bakewell. After climbing a ladder stile we eventually arrived at a fast flowing stream where we had to negotiate our way over stepping stones partly submerged by the water. With everyone helping each other we reached the other side without too much trouble.
We passed a field which had cows, calves, sheep and a single goat all grazing together before we trudged through squelchy mud at a farm gate. Throughout this walk we had wonderful views of the surrounding landscape and made numerous stops to enjoy this scene. We had a steady climb towards Stanage Edge, where many rock climbers were assembled along the bottom of the ridge. When we reached the top we admired the views all around us, before descending the Roman road – The Long Causeway – and returning to the car park.
The 3 ¾ mile walk on Sunday 3rd December will be led by Steve and Julie Franks from Eyam, passing the Riley Graves.
As usual, we will meet at 12 noon at the church gates with a packed lunch.