Blogs from Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe


We were invited to join the annual May bank holiday weekend trip to Derbyshire. A 20 year family tradition of walking and getting together. The weather remained cool and cloudy for the weekend with only a light rain for our last quick walk on Monday morning. We stayed at a lovely cosy cottage on the main street and did a number of walks with the family. We enjoyed dinner at the The Farmyard Inn and the next evening all squeezed in to the cottage for a takeaway Chinese meal. A great experience.... read more
Tulips in the garden
Tufted duck

When I last left this blog we had just left Powis Castle in Wales and were on our way to our next stop in the Peak District. We had a pleasant drive, by passing the cities/towns of Shrewsbury, Market Drayton and Loggerheads; we were thinking that we were making good time, until we reached Stoke-on-Trent at what passes for rush hour. No rushing to be had there. We crawled our way through the approaches to the M6 and along a main road before finally hitting the open road. After a few miles we were getting close to our destination and the roads were becoming narrower. The pièce de résistance though would have to be the last few miles of our trip. We drove along Bottom Lane (pleasant) and then were guided down Parsons Lane and through ... read more
View from cottage front gate
Chatsworth House
Chatsworth House

We started the day in Ashford in the Water to take a tour of the village well dressings...a little bizarre, quite frankly, for a "celebration of water and the life it brings". Well dressings are pictures made with "growing things" like wood, bark, flower petals, berries, leaves, seeds, etc. on a bed of soft clay. The board is then mounted at one of the village springs or wells. This tradition is carried on in various towns and weeks throughout the summer in the Peaks District. 2016 has been designated as the year of the garden in England. The village church had a flower show to coinside with their well dressing tour. Edale YHA - ... read more
Church flower show

Off to Bakewell for some breakfast. And then on to Monsal Head, to begin the day hike on the Monsal Trail. The trail is a traffic free route for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users through some of the Peak District's most spectacular limestone dales. The trail runs along the former Midland Railway line, and River Wye, for 8.5 miles between Blackwell Mill, in Chee Dale and Coombs Road, at Bakewell. Most of the route was opened to the public in 1981 but four former railway tunnels had to remain closed due to safety reasons, with public footpaths taking people around them. These four railway tunnels - Headstone Tunnel, Cressbrook Tunnel, Litton Tunnel, Chee Tor Tunnel – opened for trail users a few years back. Our plan is to walk from Monsal Head to Wyedale, ... read more
Monsal Head - our start

Time for something completely different For most of my life the concept of caving has been an intriguing yet terrifying prospect. Earlier in the year I purchased a voucher for an outdoor activities day for Gemma and I for £50 instead of £260, among the activities listed was caving, climbing, gorge walking and abseiling. Gemma was keen to try the climbing and I the caving. We'd completely forgotten that we had booked onto it until I received an email earlier this week with consent forms and injury waivers to sign. We arrived at the predetermined meeting point in Calver and I waited for everyone else, we then drove up to Grindleford to a natural rock wall. I was pleasantly surprised as I thought we'd be at a climbing centre. This was just a wall a short ... read more
Terrific fashion sense

With a new puppy addition to the family this year and the first Christmas Martin and I would be on our own and not overseas travelling somewhere, we decided to head somewhere fairly close for Christmas this year. Luckily we had our furrbabies for company - !! The end result was a cottage in the Peak District, somewhere we’d wanted to see for a while. So, dogs and Christmas treats in the car, off we headed the Friday before Christmas. It was somewhat surreal being on our own for Christmas for the first time, but a lovely holiday none the less… every day was pretty much the same… exploring all over the countryside on walks with Oslo and Sabie, (introducing Sabie to sheep!), catching up on sleep and DVDs in front of the roaring fire, over ... read more
A cute Christmas snuggle
One of the highlights of the cottage - a roaring fire all day everyday
We may have made a little too much for 2

Hartington - Peak District 20th - 22nd November, 2009 The English countryside is beautiful even when it is raining! It's always nice to get out of London and even when it is starting to get cold and wintry, the hostels are always warm and toasty. We found a great hostel in the Peak District in the village of Hartington called Hartington Hall. Hartington Hall is a manor house and was certainly very grand. It was very cosy with log fires in its own bar and dining area. We also made use of the self-catering kitchen which was in a separate building (once a barn) next to the lambs, goats and chooks. The rain did come down but we still ventured out of the hostel for a wander through the nearby hills. Lots of farmland surrounding the ... read more
Beautiful Autumn Colours - View From Room at Hartington Hall Youth Hostel
Hartington Village
Hartington Hall Youth Hostel

What can I say about the contrast of a city in China with a population nearly 17 million, my hometown in China with a population of 6.2 million, a walk with 2 great friends across stanedge edge in gale force winds with changing weather at the speed of light and a rainbow stretching across the entire expanse of the horizon and London? Four fantastic places, 3 chinese dogs, and 6 fantastic friends from 2 continents all within one week. Suzhou, Shanghai, Stanedge and London - it's messing with my head. ... read more
then it's sunning
then there it is
janey under the rainbow

Erik's verjaardag en we hebben hem heel de dag door gevierd vanaf 2u00 s'nachts!!! Om 5u30 moesten we in-treinen in Calais, gelukkig op de Eurotunnel en geen boot.... Een nieuw avontuur stond te trappelen om te beginnen en Enya wou er ook deel aan nemen. Erik was al enkele dagen gewoon hyper, zo hard aan het uitkijken om zijn derde thuis te bezoeken. Om 10u30 stonden we al op de camping in Hathersage en niet veel later hingen we aan de rotsen in Stanage Plantation. 's Avonds vierden we het met een minder goed etentje in the Fox House Inn. De vorige keer was het subliem, nu echter abominabel. Spijtig! We zijn de komende 4 dagen klimmekes gaan doen in: Bamford, Burbage North en Higgar Tor. Verschillende hele mooie routjes gedaan, en enkele mindere. Erik deed ... read more
Vader en dochter, toch mooi !!!
Wie is wie in deze legende ....

22 August, (Saturday) Derby Jerry has the next 2 weeks off. Today he drove us around the countryside. Kirsten had been staying with Jerry's cousin, Nessa, at their pub in Sheffield and we went to pick her up. First we went to Chesterfield, Jerry was just going to drive past but I was keen for a photo (parking was a huge pain but eventually we managed it and I got a great photo of the Crooked Spire on St Mary's church apparently caused by the devil sitting on it! Then we were off to Sheffield. Nessa is just lovely - so glad Kirsten has her as I think she really needs people like that in her life, Rob & Jerry so preoccupied with Mim. The pub very cute too. We had a cuppa there then loaded ... read more
Nessa's pub
Church by pub
1st British pub lunch

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