For the 3rd Sunday in a row we headed to the Peak District. Our base this week was Hartington which is about 10 miles up river from Dove Dale (from 2 weeks ago). We hiked Beresford, Wolfscote, and Biggin Dales from our trusty Derbyshire Walks with Children (#2, 6 miles). It's one of the longer walks and with the higher temps we were dragging by the end. It was about 4 hours (slightly less, as I tried to cheap out and only pay for 4 hours of pre-pay parking -- it was a little rushed at the end).
The pre-amble for the walk stated:
"This circular walk from the picturesque town of Hartington provides a memorable experience. The scenery is constantly changing -- pasture gives way to a gorge, which in turn is succeeded by meadow, scree-covered valleys and then limestone upland with its drystone-walled fields. A visual delight with interest at every turn."
I would agree. It was great, but did I mention it was hot? You guys are probably all baking in the 90's somewhere though . . . hard to complain. It was good to see the sun. On to the photos!
And we are off!
More cows than sheep at the beginning. Even they thought it was hot!
Pardon my domestic animal fascination
Perhaps it was the recent rains, but we saw lots of snails, and much to Nicole's chagrin, gargantuan slugs (eww).
We had hiked up (off trail) to a small cave. This is the view back down (to where we were going).
resting at said cave
sheep time (this has yet to get old)
Hey, Ewe! (running corn ball joke)
lots of limestone formation (near Drabber Tor)
This, I learned, is scree (avalanche of small stones). Looks like driveway gravel.
Neat walk through the dale with the lose stone fence and the hills on either side.
More cows. There was actually a fence separating us this time.
Last snack break and rest. Happy and tired kiddos.