19 Monyash – Bakewell

Monyash to Bakewell 10 miles (16Km.)

One Ash Grange - Hostel

One Ash Grange - Hostel

The GEW now shares paths with the Limestone Way and my Explorer Map shows a camping barn at One Ash Grange Farm. The substantial plaque on the door offers information and a key from the farmhouse, but the door suggests the last human occupants left some time ago.

Cales Dale was a surprise which resisted capture by the camera. At the top of the steep climb, with welcome steps I met the first group of young people with large back packs and bed rolls, resting and taking refreshment. Hopefully I misread the situation but there were a lot of discarded wrappers littering this ascent.

I had made good time on this sunny, dry but cool day so as I dropped down towards Youlgreave I pondered a detour via Middleton the home of Graham Goodall and his collection of 59 Trabant cars. Graham features in Don Shaw’s humorous walking book the ‘The Hike’ about Freddy, Phil and Don, three grumpy old men who take walks in the Peak District.

Lathkill Dale - Raper bridge

Lathkill Dale - Raper bridge

Youlgreave was my second overnight staging post, it retains those essential services now lost from many villages, but it was Wednesday and half day closing is still observed in these parts.

Down at the River Bradford I was surprised to find that the Haddon Estate offered a section of the river for swimming, but too cold for a morning dip as I start the final day to Hathersage. At Alport the GEW takes a short walk alongside the river Lathkill but leaves before the valley sides close in and the interesting remains of an industrial past become apparent.

Haddon Hall -Gate Lodge

Haddon Hall -Gate Lodge

Haddon Hall stands close to the busy A6 but is  hidden from passing traffic behind hedge and trees, however from the path dropping down into the Wye valley it makes a very pleasant sight in the sunshine. Yes, today it’s sunshine, showers and rainbows and better still the showers avoid me. On the final mile into Bakewell there are two parallel paths often only on opposite sides of the hedge. In April 1998 Miles Middleton unveiled! the foundation stone of the impressive Bakewell Cattle Market. The main building looks more like a theatre and was busy on this market day with the arrival of 4×4’s towing Ifor Williams trailers.

Bakewell Cattle Market

Bakewell Cattle Market

I stuck rigidly to the GEW route along the promenade missing the tourist thronged town centre and ‘Bakewell Tart shoppes’.

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