Carsington Water - 8.5 miles - Sunday 13 October
|RAF Quadrant Tower from the 1940s|
The weather was pretty wet all morning, but we decided to risk a soaking. At least the track is clear and well marked.
|Hansel and Gretel house near the dam|
The sky lightened slightly at about 2:30 pm, and we dried out before having a large tea and scone in the Mainsail restaurant in the visitor centre.
A good walk, at a brisk pace, with no navigational skills required - just as well, since my map was old enough to predate the reservoir!
Hartington to Milldale and back - 9.5 miles - Monday 14 OctoberThis is part of a walk I did last summer, in much drier conditions.
The first section crosses fields from the path between the pottery shop and the toilets in Hartington, then heads through Morson Wood into Beresford Dale, with its caves and grassy hillsides.
We waited for the worst of the downpour to be over, before retracing our steps to Hartington.
Dovedale to Milldale and back - 6 miles - Tuesday 15 OctoberAt last some blue sky!
|Chaffinch at Lovers' Leap|
|The arch near Reynard's Cave|
|Lion's Head Rock|
|Polly's Cottage, Milldale|
|Robin on mossy wall|
This time we sit and watch the ducks by the river. There's a robin perching on a mossy wall by a holiday cottage.
On the way we've seen a heron, dippers, a chaffinch, crows and squirrels.
We eat our lunch at the stepping stones, decide that today is not a Thorpe Cloud day, and make our way back to the car park.