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|Total Accent:||2045 feet|
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|Wheelchair/ Pram Friendly:||No|
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Morning came, and we cooked our breakfast of Bacon Sandwiches (with brown sauce of course!) and packed the tents away. We were going to have to catch up on the shortfall of yesterdays walking and we both wanted to make it to Monyash, we had a reunion weekend for the Pennine Way there when we finally all agreed to do the Coast to Coast and enjoyed it. We had our now signature dish of Rump Steak Tikka Masala, Rice and Garlic Naan Bread. You’ll have to tune into the Pennine Way write up to follow soon to find out how this mastery of gastronomic creation came into being! We took a slightly different route out of Parwich but soon rejoined the official path and crossed a couple of fields to pass Ballidon All Saints Church (see photo gallery), a lovely old chapel sat in the middle of a field of cows! The path rose over a hill and down the other side where we joined Pasture Lane, initially a tramaced road but this soon became a green lane as it climed towards the top of small hill adjacent to Brassington. When the trail joined the road again we made a change to the official route and turned left not right, to pick up a short section of the High Peaks Trail and Pennine Bridalway. This traces the route of the former Cromford and High Peak Railway completed in 1831. We soon leave the disused railway line and head back out over the fields before decending into Grangemill. From here you climb steeply back out the valley to Ible, we took the field route, which was very steep and also passed through a field of young Highland Cattle. If you are not comfortable with this take the road route. Follow the road through Ible before passing over fields to your left. There seems to be 2 possible routes here, both work so don’t be too concerned. We cross a road and a field and find ourselves walking through the remains of the Bonsall Lead Mines. The remains clearly show this was once heavily mined as you pick your way though pits and presumably some old shafts, blocked off with concrete. The trail then takes us into Bonsall Dale which we immediately climbed back out of, through Upper Town. Here the path splits, right to Matlock, a dead-end which if followed you must retrace your steps. As we were not stopping overnight there, or for lunch, and of course were trying to make up for lost time the previous day we decided to ignore this and turn left towards Winster. If you stopped in a B&B and travelled light you could complete this trail in 2 days, using Matlock as your overnight stop of course. The path leaves the road and cuts across stone walled fields containing semi-derelict barns and is very picturesque. The official route passes along the top of a ridge past Winster, but we needed a comfort break and a shop so dropped into the village. The pub was not open when we passed through, but there is a public convenience (always useful!) and a village store that sells tea and coffee to take away. We sat on some chair outside the shop to enjoy our coffee, admiring the Market House and also the house opposite the shop was clearly once a shop itself (or should u say twice a shop?!) the lintle stone of the door contains some sign writing about what the shop once was. This you can clearly see is written over what the shop was previously (see gallary). We continued through the village to rejoin the Limestone Way a little further on, before climbing the hill past the Hermits Cave and Robin Hood’s Stride. Clearly Robin must of been about 100ft tall to have a stride that wide! The path descends to a road where you bear right and then left into some old English deciduous woods, a pleasant change to fields and moors. From here we descend down to Youlgreave for a walk along the River Bradford. The valley that passes the bottom of Youlgreave is beautiful and we stopped here to eat our dinner/ tea. We decided that we would climb up through the town rather than follow the river further up the valley. Looking down at the path we should of take we probably eased our route but had we got more time we would have preferred to walk the valley. We still had a long way to go and wanted to avoid setting up camp in the dark a second night. We followed the top of the dale and picked up the path again as it climbed up to the plateau between Youlgreave and Monyash. The path took us across several fields, many of them soggey with bog and then down into Lathkill Dale. The official route is to bypass this dale by purely dropping down into Cales Dale and up the other side to One-Ash Grange Farm which seems a shame, to be missing one of the best limestone dales in Derbyshire! so we turned right at the bottom of Cales Dale and followed the path at the end to the left up Lathkill Dale. At the end we turned left, up to money ash where we booked in to the Rowson House Farm Campsite, had a little rest and went to the Bull’s Head. The shock was when we came out.. crispy flysheets from frost!