You'll notice we have our waterproof jackets and overtrousers on in the photo above. Though not the best for walking, we also donned our wellies (rubber boots) which turned out to be a very wise move. Fortunately, the rain stopped before we actually starting walking and the temps even reached the mid-40's (6-7C).
Our starting point was the small village of Elton, about 35 minutes away; due west of Matlock. It's not really close to anything of note except for other little villages like Youlgreave and Birchover from which we've started walks as well.
Stats: 4.1 miles, 2:42 (2:04 walking). Slower pace than usual and you'll see why in a moment. This walk came from Collins Short Walks in the Peak District (#13).
Typical looking house in Elton (taken after the walk but inserted here).
Off we go for our first down and up.
We had a few sections like this which took some time to get through.
Ascending the first hill (a little tired)
Still some snow in the north facing shade.
Lots of stiles on this walk (which also increase the time).
Hmm. Can't see how I missed this (we had to backtrack slightly). There were times when there wasn't a clear path (glad for my GPS) and other times where someone had painted some signs (NO WAY or THIS WAY).
Here we go, Robin Hood's Stride (link):
Robin Hood's Stride is a spectacular tor of gritstone rocks perched on a ridge between Harthill Moor and the Alport-Winster road. Legend has it that Robin strode between the tower-like stones at either end of the tor, but this is unlikely because they are 15 metres apart and the ascent of the towers is difficult - especially the southern one.
An alternative local name is 'Mock Beggar's Hall' and from a distance it is easy to imagine the tumbled rocks and turrets being mistaken for fortifications, especially in semi-darkness or mist.
I decided to have a clamber up. The best route around the back went through this arch.
the girls down below
and finally joined by the kids
Alex in the arch on the way back down
Alex liked this little seat. Note the mud on his over-trousers and wellies. (He had fun today)
One final shot of a different formation with a hint of blue skies for a few minutes.
I've found I generally like the scenery of the Dark Peak walks better and this (White Peak) walk didn't measure up in that respect. However, it was a nice family day out and we enjoyed ourselves. It was fun to slip/slide through the mud without having to worry about losing a shoe (or destroying expensive ones). I wouldn't want to do it every week, but for this one it fit just fine.
The Ultimate Lego?
Here's a full shot from the web. A short YouTube video can be found here.
Meal of the Week
Have a good week everyone.