With Anastasia and Helen. We were staying at a place next to the BP garage on Lake Road. From here we headed north across the town to find Vicarage Road which leads to Rothay Park where it becomes a path which leads to a pretty stone bridge after which we turned right and followed a lane for a short distance before picking up a long driveway of the left. This zigzags steeply uphill past some houses before becoming a path that ;eads eventually to Loughrigg Tarn near Skelwith Bridge. But we were not going there. About halfway to the Tarn a path, actually or than one as there are many minor variant routes hereabouts, headsoff right and meanders delightfully round little knolls and past a little tarn before landing us on the very crowded summit.
The descent north to Loughrigg Terrace is much more unrelenting and steep. At one point I slipped and managed to sprain my knee which borthered me a little all the way down and then rather a lot more the next day. But we got down to the Terrace and turned right to walk along it going right at a fork to visit the cave and then on down to the car park at Pelter Bridge. Here we picked up the same lane we had left before taking us back to the bridge by Rothay Park and home where we played Monopoly.
It was a beautiful first day of 2024 and everyone was heading to the Peak District including me. I parked in the centre of Holme which was surprisingly not hard on a day when so many car parks were choked full. From here I walked up Meal Hill Road to the right of the children's playground and soon went right at a sign. From here is a pleasant walk over field paths up and down to Digley Reservoir. Go left, cross reservoir, go up hill a short way. left again, The path bends right then at a junction go left. This is Nether Lane which follows the north flank of Marsden Cough passing the derelict Goodbent Lodge. Jut after this a path branches off south and heads off down the eastern flank of Black Hill in two huge curves before turning into the relentlessly straight Issues Road which goes all the way back to Holme eventually curving round to the right and changing name to become the same Meal Hill Road on which you began.
It is easy to park in Thorpe Salvin on a rainy November day, I took the path from the east of the village that meets up with path along the Chesterfield Canal. I followed this east past a lot of locks as far as Turnerwood and I went right and south across a big muddy field in the rain to Bottom Farm. From Top Farm past the gliding club then another endless more big muddy fields in the rain to Loscar Commons and so back to the village, skipping the shortcut over Loscar Field as I had had enough of mud. It was muddy. It was rainy.
With Helen and Anastasia. We parked in the big car park at the south end of the Fewston Embankment then followed the path along the reservoir past the hall to Swinsty Embankment. At Swinsty Cottage we took the path on the left along the river. Up to this point it was all very busy with dog walkers and joggers and all sorts. But after the cottage we had the place to ourselves. We walked along the riverside and up the hill to Washburn Farm. At one point we were sharing a field with a huge bull but it was a reassuringly big field and he was reassuringly far away. We went north from the farm to reach High Field Farm on the edge of Timble. Life was complicated a bit by the fact that the footbridge over Timble Beck marked on the map no longer exists and we had to wade over. From Timble easy down North Lane back to start. Then off to Harrogate where Helen treated us to cream teas at Betty's.
A Deryshire, not the Peak District, walk for a change. Parked up in Bolsover then headed down Castle Street to the Castle gates. Left down Castle Lane then into some parkland past the ruined Conduit Houses. Then downhill and south then west to Carr Vale where I turned let at a little fishing lake and down the Stockley Trial. I left this after about a kilometre and followed a path across fields to Palterton, Up past the Elms farm then over another field - populated by docile cows - to Hillstow and back into Bolsover. Not very strenuous but the surgeon said anew it easy.
60th birthday. What a dismal thing. To console myself I drove to Holmfirth and parked in the carpark by Brownhill Reservoir. I went for a reccey to see was the track on the map alongside Ridge Wood Reservoir open to the public. It was covered with sigs making it abundantly clear it was not. So I took the high path that follows the top of the woods above Ramsden Clough. I followed this as far as Ruddle Clough where I turned left and headed up onto the plateau and the top of Elbow End. A long windy path leads from here to the trig point on Snailsden End.
My next target was Cook's Study Hill. The sensible thing here would have been to retrace my steps along the south edge of Snailsden Pike End and then go north. But I was tempted by what looked like a vestigial path to head directly for the reservoir. This didn't go that well and my feet got very wet. After climbing Cook's Study Hill I followed the road north as far as White Gate where a path leads easily back to where I started. It is lovely up here o n the northern edge of the Peak District with views across to Castle Hill.
With Martin, Tommy and Joe. Parking in Appletreewick is not abundant. But we found some and followed the path by the caravan site down to the river where lots of people were splashing about happily. We followed the river and then field paths up through Skyreholme to Parceval Hall where we stopped for a break at the tea room. Wea then headed up to and up Troller's Gill. This was less fun than it might have been as the place was infested with the worst plague of midges I ever experienced outside Scotland. But we made it to the top and back over the beautiful upland that is Appletreewick Pasture.
Nelson's Monument on Birchen Edge was constructed in 1810 by some residents of Baslow. Wellington's Monument across the valley on Baslow Edge was erected by local doctor Edward Wrench in 1866. A lovely walk from Baslow strings them together. I parked at the Nether End pay and display and walked along the lane to the kisssing gate that leads into the estate. Walked east through estate passing not far from Jubilee Rock whose inscription marking Victoria's 1897 Diamond Jubilee was also instigated by the patriotic Dr Wrench. Getting out if the estate at the NE end entails negotiating two imposing step stiles after which a lovely woodland path leads to a bridge over the river near the Robin Hood pub. A bit beyon this a path leads up onto Birchen Edge past Nelson's Monument to a trig point on the top. Here I went steeply down to join a path going north to the road junction, then west to Wellington's monument and back down the hill into Ba