15.05.2015 - 15.05.2015
We went over some peaks under some bridges over a railway line and under a canal, down dales and through gorges, felt teensy at the cavern entrance and walked through a 500 yr old home. Not bad for a days outing.
We became members of The National Trust, for a fee of course. With our love of oldness we now have entry to so many places through the UK and a guide book to find them all en route as we skip from place to place.
Travelling from Watery Lane, Astbury we had elevenses at the thirtyish overlooking Shutlingsloe ( Peak ) awesome. The roads are windy steep and narrow but passing many bike riders I thought I should tell Robbie Barnetson I have found the perfect place for his next bike ride! I, however will stick to drinking coffee at Peak Tops Coffee House and photographing the views on the drive through.
We passed through Buxton, Millers Dale (under an incrediible iron railway bridge), Tideswell (visiting shops and church grounds) as we motored toward Castleton. Castleton, a little town home to Peveril Castle and Peak Cavern. Approaching the cavern entrance is very overpowering. The colourful rock formation towering over human forms showed wet streaks where the stream appears to originate from. The sound of the stream trickling past was a peaceful contrast to the heightened emotional reaction to the walls of rock surrounding it.
We visited the Little Moreton Hall on our way back to Whitehorn Farm B&B. Look it up for pictures....amazing!!!! It is 500 yrs old, all hand made, not a level piece of wood in the entire structure, but the character is beyond compare. Attendants were in period dress, demonstrating foods and preparation methods of the time. The furniture displayed varied from four poster beds, wooden children's cots, a dining table that must have been about 5 meters long, hand embroidered cushions in the chapel....stairwells winding narrowly up and a 100% authentic drop toilet, with the hole in the wall for fresh air to blow through. I managed to photograph the drop hole, apprehensive about dropping my camera down ' the loo'. The sculptured gardens and fields of sheep surrrounding the home were a delight to walk around.
We walked to The Horseshoe Inn for dinner tonight, about a 35 min walk each way down Watery Lane. It was here we walked under the canal and over the railway line, also over a stream and photographed cows heading for home and bed in a line through the paddocks. Obviously we chose the popular local as Jo and her husband were there also, they run Whitehorns. The staff made room for us to eat despite being busy on a Friday night, and seemed really pleased we enjoyed my BBQ Ribs and Robs mixed grill ..with select veg!
So tomorrow, we pack up our fresh laundry (we dropped it this morning and picked it up done and ready to go this afternoon-nice! ) and we set off for York.
Despite all this wonderfulness we do travel with some clouds of concern for people we love at home. Ally is having a hard time at present, so I miss being there for her, including her birthday. A dear friend of mine who is expecting twins has been admitted to hospital, her bubbies will be born early so my heart goes out to her too. Both tough ladies doing it tough.....love you both.