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We woke to a cold morning at Lathkill Dale Campsite. The frost had gone but we both felt chilled. Nothing for it but to get a cup of tea and some porridge on the go! Actually he sun was shining and the day began to warm quickly. By the time we had packed away the tents and washed up it was warm enough to unzip the bottoms of our trousers and stow our fleeces in the rucksacks. We passed by the Bulls Head before leaving Monyash, Sun shining and looking forward to a great days walking to Castleton. Something i had never seen before, was explained on a small plate along Chapel Street: A Pinfold… lost livestock were rounded up by the Pinder who would charge a small fee to release them. Back to the walk! We soon left the road and headed up a series of green lanes to Flagg. I can’t help thinking that so many green lanes round here means this was once an important and busy region. There is a lovely looking Tearoom in Flagg, at Edge Close Farm, which was sadly closed when we passed. It was quite early! Then more green lanes, down to the Waterloo Hotel on the A6. After crossing the road, yes… more green lanes! These take us all the way to Miller’s Dale, where we found a toilet at the old railway station, was up a steep hill from the valley bottom, but public toilets are few and far between, and we were too early to buy a drink in the Angler’s Rest! The railway station was once situated on the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway, built by the Midland Railway in 1863 and closed in 1967. If you want to take the route up Monk’s Dale as we did then a walk past the station and across the fields is a convenient way to pick up the valley path. Be warned though, the path is VERY uneven, and you spend much of your time ducking under trees and clambering over rocks and tree roots. Putting that to one side, much of it is very picturesque and so quiet. Just expect your progress to drop to not much over 1 mile per hour. If you took this route, eventually you break free of the trees and walk up to a small lane, which marks the start of Peter Dale. if you took the advised route you will decend to this point on the road. turn right here and proceed up Peter Dale. This soon takes you to another small lane, which you cross and join Hay Dale. At the top of Hay Dale, follow the track up to the right out the dale. You could probably carry on to Dam Dale to Old Dam and then cut back across to the Limestone Way, but you would miss the highest point of the walk and some wonderful views. So stick with us! Cross the A623 and after a brief dip, climb to Cop Farm, where you take an endearing steep walled green lane up to Cop Round. Here we took in the views looking back over our journey and on, towards Mam Tor and you can see the peat hags of Kinder Scout behind. From here it is down hill all the way to Castleton. Initially gently and then increasingly steeper as you enter Cave Dale and pass under Peveril Castle. Finally we are in Castleton. One thing we had noticed was that there seemed no clear start and finish to the walk. So to be safe we walked around St Edmunds Parish Church and past the main pubs; Ye Old Nags Head, The Bulls Head Hotel, The Castle and The George Hotel. Well i hope you enjoy the walk as much as we did. Feel free to ask questions on the forum, or leave a comment. If you head back to the main Limestone Way Page, You will find a link to download the route, guide and satnav files for the entire walk. thanks for reading.