Back to rain, back to reality…

Peak District walk; some ascent and descent but doable for these 60 year old knees.

Distance; 6 miles

Route; Starting at the car park at Baslow Village Hall,  through woods above Baslow (can be muddy and slippy underfoot but a very pretty woodland path) downhill across fields to Gardoms Edge and across Dobbs Ridge.  Then through Chatsworth, past the Hunting Tower and down steps to the riverside path and back to Baslow.

Amenities; Free toilets in Baslow car park along with the best sweet shop in Derbyshire!

View from Yeld Wood over the Chatsworth Estate

This is a walk of breathtaking views from both Gardoms Edge and Dobbs Ridge  and, strangely enough, it was all the better for the rain that fell or threatened for the whole afternoon. The woodland path over Baslow glittered with raindrops and smelt of foliage, foxgloves and wet stone.  After the dry, barren heat of Greece, it felt good to be blanketed with all this new growth and greenery.

Dobbs Ridge overlooking Chatsworth Estate

From Dobbs Ridge we entered the Chatsworth estate, through an easy woodland path bordered by . rain-drenched Rhododendrons, to  the Hunting Tower where we ate our lunch.

DSC_0884Then there are 145 steep steps down towards the riverside path which provides an easy route back to the car park and that sweet shop (which also sells yummy pies!).


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