Today hubby and I decided to do a walk that we hadn't done before - the Lea and Holloway Walk
It was a perfect day for it and it was a great walk. I never realised that Florence Nightingale was from round these parts.It was just my kind of walk. We took in a canal.....
plenty of industrial industry........
These are old mill workers cottages in the village of Lea Mills. We have been to Lea Mills before.
Lea Mills consists mainly of the John Smedley factory (and factory shop where you can buy cashmere jumpers for £30 that retail in Harrods and Saks 5th Avenue for over £290! - I bought a pair of socks.
I took this through a window. Here's something you sadly don't see in England any more - a clothing factory. At one time we had thousands, now we have hardly any. The workers at John Smedley's are very fortunate indeed.
You would think that a factory of any kind would look totally out of place in the Peak District, but I think it enhances this place.
And from above you can hardly see it!
We took in some spectacular views (yes there were a few steep climbs!)
And we commented on how Derbyshire really takes some beating for gorgeousness.
We saw creatures small..... I am always fascinated by an ant superhighway. This leaf was causing them a problem. I could have watched them for ages.
and great......... Yes he was a bull and I don't think he liked us. Thankfully we had a wall between us.
Every field that we walked through was a meadow full of beautiful wild flowers.
They reminded me of family walks when I was a little girl.
We walked through shady glades............
And just when we were really ready for refreshment, a fabulous pub appeared. The Jug and Glass was a fantastic little find. Built by Florence Nightingales family, and once a mill workers cottage, it is now a great little pub.
The snug looked so cosy - I could see myself in here on a winters day.
But the sun was shining, so we ate our Philli Steak Ciabbata's and Cajun fries outside. Yes, mine was a pint as I had worked up a huge thirst, but it did turn my legs to jelly for the last part of the walk!
Our walk took us past Lea Gardens where you could smell the Azalea's as you walked passed.
These gardens are at their best at this time of year.
After our walk, I insisted on calling back at one of my favourite spots - Cromford Mill. We got there just in time for coffee and cake, but sadly too late for the Patchwork Shop!
Hubby and I had a great walk. Now that the young man has a girlfriend, he prefers her company!!! But it does mean that we can walk and talk and have proper conversations again. I am so thankful that we have got to this stage of our lives and still love each others company.