1. Saturday 28 April.
Walk 1 : The Roaches & Dane Valley : 11 miles
We stop for a break at a trig point on the gritstone Roaches ridge.
|2. Some of the fascinating weathered rock formations along the ridge.|
|3. The bridge over the river at Danebridge.|
|4. Hanging Rock as we return back along the Roaches ridge.|
|5. A nice contrast between browns and greens as we head south towards Tittesworth Reservoir.|
6. Sunday 29 April.
Walk 2 : Along the River Dove : 12 miles
The village of Hartington.
|7. The gently flowing river which passes through several differently named dales.|
|8. A lunch stop in one of the dales, Beresford, Wolfescote, Dove Dale and Mill Dale.|
|9. Another valley.|
|10. A well known rock formation which looks a bit like a lion's head looking over the river Dove.|
11. Monday 30 April.
Day off : Out and about on my own around Ilam
On top of the hill called Thorpe Cloud, with a view over the hotel (obscured) and Thorpe village.
|12. Ilam Hall and Country Park where I stopped for coffee and cake and then did a walk around the grounds and River Manifold.|
|13. The pretty village of Ilam from the road bridge, with the Ilam Cross (Gothic memorial monument built in 1941).|
|14. The village of Ilam viewed from up on Bunster Hill, which I climbed to the top of.|
|15. Three lambs, possibly triplets?|
16. The River Dove, near the Izaak Walton Hotel.
The river flowing towards me in this photo soon reaches its end and joins with the River Manifold.
17. Tuesday 1st May.
Walk 3 : Lathkill Dale and Monsal Head : 12.5 miles
The untidy valley of Lathkill Dale.
|18. The River Lathkill, which seems to appear from nowhere and grow after a stretch of dry valley.|
|19. After Over Haddon we head north west across country.|
|20. We stopped for lunch at the Cornish-looking long disused 19th century lead mine, Magpie Mine.|
|21. Along the River Wye at Monsal Dale.|
22. The Monsal Head viaduct, a five arch masonry viaduct constructed to carry the Midland Railway across the Wye Valley at a bend in the river near Monsal Head in the Peak District National Park.
The rail tracks have been dismantled and the viaduct now forms part of the Monsal Trail.
23. Wednesday 2nd May.
Walk 4 : Along the Gritstone Edges : 11.5 miles
Padley Chapel, where the four of us had lunch. It is the remains of Padley Manor, originally the private chapel of Padley Hall, it is thought to have been built originally in the 14th and 15th centuries and came to Sir Thomas Fitzherbert on his marriage to Anne Eyre in the mid 16th century.
|24. Walking up through the woodland in Padley Gorge.|
|25. The gritstone tor of Higger Tor seen from the Iron Age fort of Carl Wark.|
|26. We reach the start of a series of gritstone edges leading to Stanage Edge.|
|27. Three of our group including the leader at a trig point.|
|28. Heading west along Stanage Edge, before we head down towards the village of Hathersage.|
29. Thursday 3rd May.
Walk 5 : Wetton to Ilam : 8.5 miles
A view down the green Manifold Valley.
|30. Bunster Hill, which I climbed on the day off, as we approach Ilam from the south.|
|31. Another view of Thorpe Cloud hill from the west.|
|32. This picture was taken from the field outside my room at our hotel, the 'Peveril of The Peak', where rabbits, pheasants and lambs grazed together.|