Our walking group walk today was just simply stunning.
We assembled near the museum in the plague village of Eyam in Derbyshire - a very pretty little village with a lot of history.
We only had time for a brief look around the village whilst waiting for other members to assemble. Eyam Hall is now in the hands of the National Trust. I haven't visited since they took over so I must pop back. I did notice a sad decline in the number of independent tea rooms in the village though - I suppose that is the effect of the National Trust Cafe.
The weather was perfect for the whole of our walk. Blue skies, a nice breeze - perfect.
I remember being told the story of the village and how they kept the plague contained here when I was at junior school and the story has always stuck with me. All of the house affected still list the occupants on little plaques - so very moving.
Our walk took us across fields and on green lanes.
There are so many pretty villages around these parts.
And stunning scenery.
The Three Stags Heads pub is one to visit. I think it has never changed since it first opened. It is 300 years old and a real amazing little place. We called in for a swift half and a Pork Pie with Pickles.
I took about a million photo's of lambs, but this was my favourite. Don't they look cosy!
Most of the walk was flat but we did have one very steep climb.
This did however lead us to the most stunning views.
I couldn't resist snapping this lonesome cloud.
.... and the patchwork fields...
I think we did about 8.5 miles today and I found it fairly easy going. I may not be getting any thinner with all this walking (although Pork Pies don't help!!) but I feel as if I am getting much fitter.
It was about as perfect a walk as you could get and one I shall be repeating I am sure.