Back to this most beautiful part of the Peak District. I asked in a tiny car park in Alstonefield. I walked over pleasant field paths to Wetton, then out on the Buxton Road. Just before the road does a wiggle I took a field path left, over a field and onto access land which climbed steeply up to the top of the unsung but delightful Gateham Hill. THen my way lay northeast but it was very steep on that side so came down a more northerly line to cross a field back onto the road were it bends. There were cattle in the field but they left me be. From the T-junction by Gateham Grange it is a really pleasant walk up onto arrow dale Hill,. The OS map shows no path but there's a path. Delightfully back to Alstonefield by Greenhills Cottage.
With Helen. From Stalybridge. We struggled to find each other. Eventually we did. Parked on Brushes Road. Over fields past Flaxfield. Lost the path for a bit. Found it again. Circling round the hilll to climb it by the track from the south. Then a path, a very delightful path, leads across Hollingworth Hall Moor, to eventually take us in between Upper and Lower Swineshaw Reservoir. Then another moorland path, circling Harridge Pike to its north and so back to Stalybridge.
Down the hill to Grindleford Station. West then over railway and across fields to Leadmill Bridge. Up the hill to Hathersage Booths. Up the Rnginglow Road a bit. There is a poor path up the NE edge of the Whim Plantation. Abve this there is an intricate network of paths on which I found my way to Owler Tor - lots of youths about, evidently something going on - and back down by Surprise View Car Park
Drove to Eyam. Which seemed all too appropriate. Over the hill to Stoney Middleton then on over the next hill down into Coombs Dale. Up the valley then back by Black Harry Lane.
With Helen. Another lovely human- escorted walk. Horrible virus was having its little summer easement. It wouldn’t last. We met at the car park at Gradbach. Up the hill to visit Lud’s Church – Helen had never been there. Pleasantly along the ridge of Back Forest and the Roaches as far as Doxey Pool where we had some refreshments before heading for home. Yes refreshments. A takeaway coffee. Living dangerously!
With Bella. Similar to previous walk but extended a bit to head up onto White Edge and visit its trig point and, oh boy how nice was this, with a human being for company!!!
From Longshaw Lodge down to B6251 near Grindleford Station then back up the hill to by the Grouse Inn and so back to Longshaw.
5th July: A steep road climbs out of Beeley towards Hell Bank Plantation where it turns sharply right. A lot of people had contrived to park here. Off to the northwest is a stone circle. Northeast of that Hob Hurst’s House. I visited both and went home.