A circular walk in the Peak District – Buxton via the Goyt Valley

This is a walk I’ve done quite a few times as it starts and ends in my adopted home town of Buxton.  I like the walk as you get a mix of terrain, a few steady climbs to challenge the heart rate and of course some stunning vistas.  It’s also long enough to give the excuse to take a flask of coffee and a few sandwiches, which always appeals to me. The walk is ever changing depending on the weather and seasons.  I’ve done it on a foggy frosty day, a wet day but unusually for October this time it was blue sky most of the way. You can see the Autumn colours in my pictures but towards the end of the summer you would have seen purple heather everywhere.

For me this Derbyshire walk of course starts from my front door, but for you I’ll start it on Bishop’s Lane on the west side of Buxton.

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Follow up the  increasingly steep lane road passing the houses and up into the countryside. You will pass what looks like an equestrian centre on the right after which you will soon come across a footpath on the left. Take the footpath up a steep hill via a few steeps.  Up and up you’ll reach a gate at the brow – don’t forget to turn around and take in the view.

Goyt valley - view over buxton

After catching your breath carry on up to the summit, which has appeared as they always do just when you think you’ve got to the top. You’ll be walking in a slightly right veering direction picking your way through some boggy ground, the theme of the walk. The next part is my favourite part of the walk as it is a leisurely stroll down into the valley, keeping the dry stone wall on your right.  Again there is an abundance of muddy stretches, but that’s the fun of the walk.

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A small climb up will take you to a cross-road with an old disused railway path, but go straight across  and continue down the other side. Keep waking down the valley for a little while following the track as it gently bears to the right.  Eventually the path widens and gently rises up hill and you are rewarded with an impressive view of the Errwood Reservoir.  Take the time to soak it in.

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And then you’ll get a view of both Errwood and Fernilee Reservoirs.  You’ll later be walking along the road that divides them.

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The path drops downs before it cross the open ground, still in the direction of the reservoirs, and very gently rises until it pops out on the road, where you then follow it downhill between the two reservoirs.  Continue along the road keeping the Errwood Reservoir on the left-hand side. There are a number of bench opportunities on this stretch of the walk and it’s a good place to have a sandwich while looking out across the water.

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Continue along the quiet perimeter road for sometime as it rises uphill, leaving behind the reservoir and tracking the pretty stream in the valley below.

Goyt valley - looking down to stream

Take the path down to the second wooden footbridge you see.

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Once you cross the stream turn right and carry along the path in the direction of Berry Clough.

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The stoney bracken-engulfed path takes you up hill again through the moorland, sometimes it feels like your walking up a river bed. And don’t forget to look backwards sometime to take in the view.

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Up  and up you’ll eventually reach the summit and a signpost.  Carry on straight ahead in the direction of Burbage.

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You will next reach a field boundary where you need to take the path bearing right diagonally across the field, which you guessed it can be a little boggy.

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When you get to the other side of the field turn left down the track, which takes you back into Buxton.

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Follow the road through the houses and to the main road, which you will lead you back into Buxton town centre with its multitude of cafes and bars to revitalise your soul.

Hopefully my route description gives you an idea of the walk but as always plot it out on a map before hand, and make sure you have some study walking boot and warm clothes as it can get jolly cold up on the moors. You really should try the walk, you won’t be disappointed.

The walk is about 9 miles and took me about 4.5 hours including stops along the way.

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A walk in the Derbyshire dales, Wye Dale and beyond

Ever feel you need a bit of an uplift, I sometimes do, and going out into the countryside never fails to do the job, rain or shine.  It was an exceptionally hot weekend up here in the North of England. Being out in the garden or the local park is great but getting into wide open spaces is even better, and living in Derbyshire as I do there’s a lot of open space right on my doorstep.  So, I thought I’d share with you a favourite walks I did on the weekend in case you’re craving a bit of open space too.

Now I’m not difficult to please when I go out for a walk:

  • I like a few ups and downs in equal measures.  Not so fond of flat walks.
  • I don’t like to see a soul, except for Mr Husband of course. The odd passing walker is absolutely fine but being in a long line and waiting at stiles is not good in my books. OK, I concede I may be a bit selfish when it comes to walking.  I avoid the popular walks especially on the weekend, when it’s just too busy for me.
  • I also love a walk  long enough to justify a bit of a packed lunch.  A couple of homemade sandwiches, yum.

So you see I am easily pleased…….wouldn’t you agree??

This walk I’m going to share ticks all those boxes.  I’ve walked it a few times but on the weekend I decided to walk it backwards, you know starting at the end and ending at the start.  It’s funny how different a walk is when you walk it in the other direction. I’ll give location and stats details at the end, but for now just enjoy the walk.

The walk begins in the Topley Pike layby overlooking Wye Dale and Chee Dale. Why I love this walk is it has huge variety of terrain and generally…. stuff.   Much of the walk is high up on the hillside where you have far reaching views over rolling green fields divided by grey dry-stone walls characteristic of the region.  Very inquisitive black and white cows are dotted throughout.

Soon the walk took us across a wildflower meadow, which a couple of weeks ago was full of buttercups but this weekend a variety of flowers, grasses and cow parsley had taken over.

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We were next walking through sheep territory, too steep for cows

…….before a sharp decent into Chee Dale.  A perfect setting for a sit and a drink while spotting the wildlife.  There’s something so soothing about a running stream, don’t you think?  As I mentioned this was an exceptionally hot day and the large horned cows put on the hillside to manage the grass had also made their way down to the River Wye to have a paddle.

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A butterfly posed for me on the bridge

butterfly on River Wye

Ducklings played in the gentle rapids

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and a Grey Wagtail sat still enough for me to take this picture.

Grey wagtail on River Wye

After a short wildlife spotting rest we crossed the river

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….and slowly took the path up the other side of the valley.  Luckily this was a shady part of the walk.  Eventually we popped out in the little village of Wormhill.

The walk took us to the rear of the farms of Wormhill, across more high-topped open fields.  We then took a bit of a loop up from the head of Monk’s Dale up the wide grassy floor of Peter Dale.  On reaching Dale Head it was steeply upwards again towards Hargatewell before dropping back down into Wormhill again.

This time we took the path through Old Hall Farm and walked in the direction of the quarry in the distance.  It gives a great view of an industrial landscape. This picture was taken from the starting point of this walk.

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There was now an overall downwards push back to the Wye Dale with open fields to one side and thankfully tall trees on the other, which meant we were in shade……we were very hot and desperate for a cold drink, I knew we had a steep finish. To be honest my desire to take photos had waned somewhat by this point.

After a steep downwards path we were back at the bottom of the dale and thankfully there was a bike hire hut where they had a few ices for sale.  I can’t remember the last time I had an ice lolly but I was ready for this one.  The final climb up to the top where the car was parked was not as steep as I remember, I think I was in ‘head down and get up there’ mode.  The drive home is less than 10 mins so we were soon relaxing.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my meander and it’s inspired you to get out and explore a remote spot where you live.

Walk in the Derbyshire Dales Wye Valley wild flowers

The details

The walk starts from Topley Pike layby (Latitude, Longitude: 53.249, -1.833) on the A6 heading from Buxton to Bakewell.  Take the footpath to Blackwell, then down to Chee Dale. Ascend up to Wormhill and navigate paths to the meeting of Monk’s Dale and Peter Dale. Head up Peter Dale to Dale Head then navigate paths to Hargatewell before following the road back to Wormhill.  Take the footpath through Old Hall Farm and follow it towards, and then adjacent to the quarry and back to Wye Dale. Finally cross the bridge over the Monsel Trail and back up the dale side to the layby.  This gives you an idea but you will need to fine tune the details on a map. I used OS Landranger 1:50000 Sheet 119 Buxton, Matlock and Dove Dale.

The Fitbit Stats: 10 miles, 240 active minutes, 117 flights of stairs. Total time of walking, stopping and enjoying 5 hours 15 mins.

 

My first time visit to the Ideal Home Show 2017

Just thought I would write something small about my recent visit to the Ideal Home Show 2017, Olympia London, as this was the first time I’d ever been to an interiors event.  It’s only now I’ve started blogging I feel the need to attend these things, and this seemed like a toe in the water dip event where I could just mooch about.  It also gave me an excuse to go down to London for the weekend (great beer and curry at the Warwick Arms), although it was a busy few days of mainly sitting on the train.

Anyway back to the point, what did I think of the Show?  Well they have obviously done this before 🙄, minimal queuing and plenty to see, eat and drink. There was a big food event going on at the same time, which the ticket also gave access to, so if you’re a foodie too there’s even more to look at, the aromas were heavenly.

The Show itself was a bit like going around a very big department store, with unlimited spending opportunities, including furniture and gadgets.  There were numerous celebrities on small stages around the venue giving their take on various aspects of food and design plus providing demonstrations, these were a welcome opportunity to have a sit down.

So was it worth it?  It was a good day out, and as my advance ticket was only £15 not expensive for an all day event.  It was also the first time I’d been to Olympia, which is an impressive building flooded with natural light. So worth a visit if you’ve not been before especially if you don’t have far to travel or have just moved into a new place and looking for interior ideas, as it’s all in one place.

I will be exploring other events and of course sharing them with you. Next weekend I’m off to the Cheltenham Wine Festival for a family meet up – not entirely clear what design inspiration I will get but I’m sure I’ll find something amongst the bottles.

In the meantime here are some of my pics from the Show.

This garden pod  from Ornate Garden was one of my favourite things at the show, I could see this sitting very neatly in my garden (if I could afford it – maybe Mr husband could build one?). You can see more about my thoughts on garden furniture on a previous blog
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I liked the lighting from this exhibitor Culinary Concepts London, a refined industrial look

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And there were a number of well laid out simple garden design ideas.

As I said the venue is a great space and worth a look in itself

So if you’ve got some spare time the Show runs until April 9th 😍

A plea to leave your garden furniture outside

I was talking to my parents the other day about how they were getting on in their new home. They are in their late seventies and early eighties, I won’t say who the older is as my mum would never forgive me – oops given that one away sorry mum 😁.  Anyway the person they had bought the house from left a garden table and chairs in the garage. A standard hardwood set you can buy in most DIY stores (it’s a bit like the one in the picture below), and it looked as though it had hardly been used, I wonder why 🤔, please read on.

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Great I thought garden furniture, as one of the things I found annoying when visiting the parents for the weekend was the complete lack of garden seating.  So if the sun was out there was nowhere to escape for a cuppa and a bit of vitamin D boost for the bones.  But as the conversation developed it turned out not to be so great as it appears they are planning to keep this OUTSIDE furniture INSIDE the garage and just get it out if they have a BBQ. WHY???

As you may know from a previous blog I like being outside, especially sitting in the warm. My ideal day is where it is warm enough to sit in the shade, bliss – I don’t like trying to get a tan, the object of the exercise for me is just warming the bones and listening to the birds. Bearing in mind I live in the UK (Buxton) we’re not able to take for granted the sun make an appearance, things are very changeable.  So I see it as my duty to be prepared and have a seating opportunity in every part of the garden where the sun is likely to shine.  I grab a cushion from the living room on the way out and brush the rain water from the seat, and I’m enjoy the sun in an instant. This just cannot be done if you have to think of getting garden furniture out of the shed, assemble it and position it, as by the time you’re done the tea has gone cold and the sun has disappeared. Ten sunny minutes wasted fumbling about in the shed.

I’ve found some of the best evenings have started with an impromptu gathering of friends or family in the garden, you just pop out for the last 5 minutes before the sun goes down and before you know it wine and snacks have been consumed and blankets and stars have appeared. Who needs an invitation to a BBQ.

So a plea to my dear Dad: wood looks far better for a bit of weathering, so please leave the garden furniture outside for the summer, you will enjoy it much more I promise ❤️❤️

In case you are looking for new garden furniture, I saw this utterly clever garden pod at my recent trip to the Ideal Home Show 2017 from Ornate Garden, so check out their website if you like the look, is around £7-8000 (wow) but they were doing some show discounts so get yourself down to Olympia, it could avoid you having to build that conservatory.  I really need one in my garden to protect me from the wind.

Here are a few more affordable traditional garden sets I like that will withstand the elements and have the minimal cushions to store on a rainy day.  Outside is definitely better than inside, don’t you agree??

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A Bistro Table is ideal for an early morning coffee or early evening cocktail best positioned in the spot that gets the first or last sun of the day. Saw this online at Jacks Garden Store

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A bit of rustic charm and you can see how the wood only improves with weathering. Great for a little lunch with friends. Saw this online at Garden Furniture Land

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You would be dining in style and the minimal cushions can easily be stored indoors ready for action. This is from John Lewis

Wouldn’t in be fab to be able to afford (I can’t) and have room in the garden (I don’t) for all these seating options 😊.  But I hope it’s given you some ideas for enjoying summer.

Bringing The Outside In

Spring has arrived and plants are budding up, so soon I’ll be drawn into the garden at every available minute. I love being outside, so it’s no surprise to see there is an unconscious but consistent nature inspired theme building in my home.

It seems bringing the outside in is a strong interior trend for the summer with increasing indoor infiltration of floral prints and green hues, and I’m not going to complain about that. Even a white minimalist look can be improved with a splash of nature.  And on that note I thought I would take a you on a mini tour of my nature grounded bits and pieces. Here we go……

 

The silver birch inspired wallpaper (Fine Decor Birch Tree Natural Wallpaper), is slightly reflective so catches the light between the branches.  I have it hanging behind shelves in my hall, where there is minimal natural light so it makes the most of every drop. I’ll soon be writing a blog about how we made the shelves.

Moving to the butterflies, this is a big pottery platter, which I think is meant for hanging in the garden but I have it on the kitchen wall.  I bought it at a National Trust gift shop and used it at my daughter’s wedding as it was the only plate big enough for her cheese wedding cake, you can just see it peeping out in the picture below.

The second pic of wallpaper (Arthouse Opera, Provence Pink) lives in my kitchen, birds and dragonflies in pink, how can you go wrong! I picked this as it says Victorian rather than French to me – I’m thinking Darwin, so it fits in with the age of the house.

The only really cutesy thing I have in the house is my owl cushion. I used to talk to her, but we haven’t spoken for a while 😀

The leaf inspired tablecloth from John Lewis, gives a bit of a 1950’s look.

….and finally is the metal tea caddy and mug with simplistic stylised birds.  These were picked up from a local Fair-trade shop, and I use them every day .

I think there’s still space for a little more greenery around the home but its a start, and it all keeps me going during the winter.

 

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