Sunday, 21 October 2012

My Favourite Walk

I make no apology for dragging you along on my favourite walk. I'm sure you will enjoy the scenery.  
We had a later than anticipated start so ended up having lunch first the Lathkill Hotel in Over Haddon - Food delicious as always ..... 

 ... and a great selection of real ale's to start us off on our walk.
 The views from the high points of the walk are stunning, but you do have to walk up and down some very steep dales along the way.

 You get to walk alongside the rivers Lathkill and Bradford (although it is no where near the city of Bradford)
 We noted that this was the fullest we have ever seen the Lathkill.  In summer, this river almost disappears as a lot of it runs underground.
 Most of the walk is on land belonging to the nearby Haddon Estate.  Walking through the farm yard was very interesting - you definitely needed wellies or proper walking boots on.  It was exceptionally muddy.
 We definitely intend to do a bit of Youth Hostelling some time - the one in Youlgreave always looks interesting.  We did notice that several shops in Youlgreave have now closed down and been turned into houses.

 I have shown you this before, but I think its brilliant.  The villagers turned pat of the river Bradford into a swimming pool.  Its a great place in summer, but it is never heated!


 If I lived on the Haddon Estate, this would be my Gin Palace!


 It was a beautiful day for a fabulous walk, and we commented several times on the beautiful bronze colours of the moors as we drove across them.
We are so lucky to have all this open space on our doorstep.

18 comments:

Rowan said...

It's been a wonderful autumn day for walking hasn't it? I keep meaning to go up to Over Haddon but haven't made it yet!

Down by the sea said...

What a lovely walk ,you are so lucky to live in such a beautiful area. If I went to the pub first I not sure how far I would walk even with only 1 drink!
Sarah x

Lynn Holland said...

Fabulous walk, I feel inspired to get my boots on and sling my camera over my shoulder and head off out.
Thanks
Lynn :)

Lyn said...

you are right you live in a beautiful place and aren't we lucky with the weather too?
xxx

pastcaring said...

I haven't been to Lathkilldale in ages, and Haddon is lovely too. Beautiful photos. xxx

greenthumb said...

You go on so many lovely walks, and i just love the country side on this walk.

Tammy Chrzan said...

I actually greatly appreciate you taking me on that walk! Thank you! Beautiful photos and beautiful attitude... make for the perfect blog!

Lisa said...

Perfect autumn walking weather. Shame that Youlgrave has lost some local shops but good that they are being used still and not let to rot.
Bet that outdoor pool wasn't very warm this summer!
Lisa x

Juanita said...

That indeed looked like a lovely walk.
Do tell us more about Youth Hosteling...

Rosie said...

Lovely walk, I love that area. I remember having a wonderful sandwich and coffee from a sort of delicatessen shop in Youlgrave - hope that hasn't closed. We have stayed in several YHs over the years, not in the last 20 though! I remember one we stayed in in Yorkshire, I think it is closed now, four of us in Victorian costume as we'd been to a victorian music and fireworks night at Fountains Abbey, two cyclists and the rest a party who'd been to a religious convention in Harrogate. My friend and I were in the 'female' side me in the upper bunk. My friend said the door opened but no one came in or out - she was really spooked by that! Great fun though:)

BadPenny said...

Thank you for taking us on your lovely walk !

noelle said...

Ahh, just enjoyed your walk whilst having my tea and toast! Lovely old barn with fabulous old doors, love that! Thanks Diane xx

A garden just outside Venice said...

You have far too many favourite walks, LOL!!!
Such an unspoiled environment, you're so lucky!
xxxx

Gilly said...

The Dales are particularly beautiful at the moment, I think. And Lathkill is lovely - haven't been there for ages, so must get down soon!

...Tabiboo... said...

Hi Diane - is that sunshine I spy. I haven't seen any of that for days now...feels like weeks to be honest, it's so darn foggy here.

Nina x

Jane said...

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sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

So lovely Diane - hope we all get to see some more sun soon! Misty and moisty here for the last day or so! Lesley x

Betty said...

What a beautiful walk Diane - I would love to stop for a quick dip at the 'swimming pool'. You live in a very lovely part of the country.