A super-perfect day to walk. A relief after having no choice but to work last Tuesday, which was a good day too. We so wanted a good day today to get some air in our lungs and see the approach of spring.
The beginning of the walk was slightly marred by the discovery that yet ANOTHER 'wild' car park was being fitted with a tax machine (otherwise known as a pay and display machine).
You can probably tell, I wholeheartedly disagree with these silent tax collectors. This would be the last time I parked here.
We left the Robin Hood car park and climbed through the birch trees to gain Birchen edge. The trees are JUST starting to show signs of new life.
Looking up onto the edge, we could see the monument to Lord Nelson, standing proud.
These rocks are called the three ships.
Again, the ubiquitous view of Mining Low. I have said many times that this place is amazing. It can be seen from most high places in Derbyshire. It's just SO distinctive, with its ring of trees and central tall tree, you can't mistake it. I know it's hard to see from this picture, but it's definite from your eye.
You can 'get up close and personal', and see my blog posting, where we walked up to Mining low by clicking HERE
You can also enlarge this picture by clicking on it too.
Sadly, this trig' point, like so many others, has now been disowned by the Ordnance Survey, and is no longer given a lick of new paint. They are all fading into the scenery as they become more and more drab and green.
We reached the end of Birchen edge and continued to the Sheffield road where we crossed it and made for Wellington's monument and Baslow edge next.
On the bridge, we looked over and spotted these two frogs having.....ahem..... a 'good time'. Typically (Sue said) the female was doing all the work swimming, while the male was having a lazy ride on her back.
This could 'spawn' all sorts of comments (groan).
The wide track up to Baslow edge. Usually, there's a herd of highland cows here.
At the end of the track, we came to another monument to another great man - Wellingtons monument.
Then, it was time for lunch. A handy bench is situated just before Baslow edge, so we took full advantage of it, and the stunning views.
Another rock for Sue to stand on (note - standing safely back from the edge)
Most of them were fairly docile (if you leave them alone), but this one wasn't happy with me taking his picture!!
You don't argue with a set of horns that impressive!!
We pressed on to the Topographic plate at the end of Baslow edge.
You often see this shot on Derbyshire calendars.
A MUCH more relaxed herd, just taking in the sun with their new calves.
You can see his website by clicking HERE
Another of the strange sculptures scattered around Derbyshire. We saw our first one a couple of years ago near Arbor Low, and have seen several since. You can read about them by clicking HERE
Strangely, all but this one get a mention on that site (and the web address is at the bottom of the sculpture)??
Before returning to the car, we searched out and found this 'stone' just off Gardoms edge. It's actually not a stone, but a plaster cast of the original, which after being excavated, was re-buried.
You can read about the archaeological find, click; HERE
Then it was quickly back home and off to Nottingham to the theatre. Not a long walk today, but very satisfying, and in perfect conditions.
As Sue said - one of those 'good to be alive' days.