Monsal Dale is in the Peak District a few miles past Bakewell. We had done a walk around Bakewell, Ashford on the Water and part of the Monsal trail last year (link). Some fellow ex-pats had suggested the Monsal Dale walk (Derbyshire Walks with Children, #17). It was just over 3 miles with some decent climbs and took us about 2.5 hours.
Note: a dale is a valley, particularly a broad one (I don't know the history of the name Monsal).
Looking back down at the A6 somewhat near where we started.
more dale photos
don't recall seeing these before
finally, one with Nicole
link). It's a European black slug (probably could have guessed that).
they aren't small -- here's Alex's hiking boot for reference
Enough of the slugs -- time to head back. We meandered along the river for a mile or so until we got back to the parking lot.
It was a nice day out. I still think the Hartington walk (link) is my favorite so far in the Peaks. Unfortunately, I got voted down 3-1 on my "stretch goal" (copyright Jay S.) of also visiting the plague village of Eyam. Oh well, we'll have to do that one another day.
Side note: I've not embraced the UK sporting scene very much mainly due to time (and somewhat interest), but I have managed to watch 2 football (soccer) matches on TV. Both involved the London club Chelsea in the Champions League tournament. They upset favorite Barcelona in the semi's and took home the trophy last night. Enjoyed learning a bit about the sport from my buddy Ken (4+ years in Spain and the UK). No worries about that becoming a time sink, but it was a nice activity.
Have a good week everyone and thanks for reading.