Today was a semi rest day so I met my friends Carl and Doug for breakfast at the Inn and Carl and I left at 9.50 to walk up to Stanage Edge.
The route took us past the church and then up steeply through a wood to Court Farm. To spare Carl and me embarrassment I will only say that we were busy talking and failed to notice that instead of going up we were going down. We finally realised that we had gone wrong when we arrived back at the church! Try again. Back up the 200m of ascent to Court Farm. Here we found a way sign, carefully placed so that it was behind us, which showed the path went up a paved driveway into what appeared to be the grounds of a very expensive house. Back on the correct route we quickly joined Doug and his dog Lily at the Stanage car park for a much needed cup of tea.
Doug and Lily joined us for the walk along the top of the Edge. Lily took her ball, which she insisted we kick for her to chase.
The weather was good and we all enjoyed our walk. Unfortunately Lily’s ball seemed to be irresistibly attracted to the bottom of the cliff. Doug retrieved it the first time and then I had to clamber down. Regrettably on this occasion the ball was lost.
Doug and Lily left us after a while and Carl and I continued past the trig point at High Neb to the A57.
We turned down towards Ladybower Reservoir and found a good path, via Highshaw Clough, to emerge at the Inn.
Carl and I booked into our room and then we went to Hathersage where we all had delicious fish and chips at the Pool Cafe.
We forced ourselves to have a couple of drinks in the bar and then had an early night. It had been a very relaxing and memorable day.
Here are a couple more shots of the day’s walking. All photos today have been kindly provided by Doug and Carl.