WIth Carl and Jess. We drove to Tissington and parked in the pay and display. Then north up the Tissington Trail for quite a long time. We had planned to take the turn off towards Greenhead but got distracted by talking too much and before we realised we were at Over Hide Farm by the lane into Biggin. The rain was turning by now from steady but light to steady and pouring so we took refuge by the fire in the Waterloo Arms to dry out and consume hot drinks. From then on down into Biggin Dale and all the way down it in slowly improving weather. Before long it had settled down to be decent, but as we left the dry valley of Biggin Dale for Wolfscote Dale we found the Dove flowing pretty high after the rain.
Down Wolfscote Dale we went, stopping to look at the cave soon after the junction and the old Iron Tors pump house, past Coldeaton Bridge to Shining Tor, where we turned right for the brief stretch of tarmac before Milldale. Dovedale next with its familiar landmarks, Dove Holes, Ilam Rock, Pickering Tor, Reynard’s Cave and finally the stepping stones, where we turned left up Lin Dale and towards Thorpe where we veered left round the back of the Peveril of the Peak Hotel to pick up the well-signposted Limestone Way which we followed easily across pasture land all the way back to Tissington. About a minute after Jess had started to drive us all home, the torrential rain began. Good timing.