I parked in the middle of Longnor on a beautiful sunny winter morning and went into cobbes cafe to have something called a Staffordshire oatcake with cheese and sausage for breakfast. Came out into a vile winter morning with lashing rain and grey sky in all directions. Contemplated just driving back to Sheffield. Didn’t. Good call. This alternation of the best and worst kind of weather went on all day.
Headed down the hill towards Crowdicote to pick up the footpath cutting over a couple of fields towards Bridge End Farm. (The stile leading onto this path was in dangerous disrepair but a gate into the next field gave easy access to the path.) The walk from here up to Vincent House climbing up by Pilsbury Castle is utterly glorious. I met a few cows, including one bull, but they weren’t bothered by me and left me alone. There must be a lot more in warmer seasons. At Vincent House a sigh warned me of dogs loose in farm yard but I boldly ventured through without canine molestation, continuing past Darley Farm to meet the High Peak Trail. Here I turned left and followed the trail to its end. Here I turned left again and skirted the Dowlow works until a path off right took me across fields – and through a violent hailstorm – down to Abbotside Farm. An easy walk thence by the Green Lane back to Longnor.
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