Monday, 28 June 2010

The last leg

So we left Over Haddon and the Lathkill Hotel and walked down the hill to the bottom of the valley where the river runs again.

I couldn't get close enough for a photo, but we saw a pair of swans with two fluffy cygnets. A chap who was watching them too told us that this was their second pair of cygnets as they had lost their first. They were so beautiful.
Yes Lisa, the Haddon Estate belongs to Haddon Hall. They look after the rivers here - they are full of big fat brown trout - we watched them from this bridge.

Another "Des Res". There are many beautiful houses around here.


Eventually we pass through Allport and turn to return to Youlgreave. Here, the river Lathkill is joined by the very gentle river Bradford. This too is teeming with fish. The villagers dam this river in summer(they have built a sluice gate on it) and it gets deep enough to swim in. At the end of the day, they just open the sluice gate again. Its a great place to spend a hot sunny afternoon.

We walked back up the steep hill to the village, passing the pretty little cottages and their lovely gardens.

As we reached the top of the hill, we saw that the church was open for its flower festival, so we popped in..










We had a lovely day - it is one of my favourite places and I love to walk it at different times of year. I'm glad you could join me.

10 comments:

Green thumb said...

It was my pleasure to join you! Thanks to you and hubby for the lovely tour! xxxx

twiggypeasticks said...

Very beautiful indeed.
Twiggy x

Jill said...

I really enjoyed my walk - thank you. x

Lisa said...

Thanks for taking us with you.
And for answering my question. I'll post a picture of the pot, but it'll need a good dust first!
Lisa x

Menopausal musing said...

My two favourite bits of the walk? Uncle Geoff and the bit of the river that the villagers dam. I think both are just wonderful. What a great couple of posts....

solomi558 said...

Lovely pictures, England really does have it all ,especially because we are enjoying an English summer,

Bluebell and myself went to Mkt Bosworth on saturday , It was open day there . quilts in the village hall, fete in the church grounds and all the usual that goes with village days--cottonreel

Rosie said...

Buttercup fields, fat brown trout, beautiful homes and cool, airy churches full of pretty flowers -what a wonderful walk - thanks for sharing it all with us:)

elsy said...

another lovely day out i've taken in your part of the world diane....hope to visit these places for real one day!

Rowan said...

It's a beautiful area isn't it? The well dressing pictures are lovely especially the Green Man. Once I can drive again I shall go and do this walk and try Uncle Geoff's tearoom:) I gather there's a printed trail of it? Where did you get it from? I'm missing all sorts of good things with not being able to drive - DH has always refused to learn so if I'm out of commission that's it:(

lesley said...

I always enjoy going on a walk with you & your family, it saves my long suffering legs & I still get to see beautiful places! Thanks Diane x