Tideswell DaleThursday, December 10, 2015
Cast your minds back to mid November when bright bronze leaves laid as crispy carpets on the ground and bright yellows and greens still lingered scarcely on branches. On our weekend away in the Peak District we took a ride out for Sunday lunch and decided to take a token stroll 'to walk it off' through Tideswell Dale. What we didn't realise is that it's not a very long path before you find yourself arriving at Litton Mill (which is great if you want to make it into a longer route) but as we'd walked there just the day before we didn't fancy it, especially as there had been significant rainfall.
There was a lot of water flowing through the dale, thankfully no more was forecast otherwise I would have been reluctant to head down there at all. The torrential rain the day before meant that there was a heck of a lot of water in what I presume to usually be a stream.
Although I was a little concerned that we were not alone in Tideswell Dale (there were suspicious signs of bovine activity) we soldiered on and either we were very fortunate not to bump into the herd or they had passed through and were far away. This giant carved creature was beautiful and I hope I'm correct in assuming it is a water vole!
It's always a treat to walk in contrasting surroundings and take in all the details. Rocky outcrops, caves.... not something you can find readily in Norfolk!
I snapped this picture of these four walkers who we passed; well, we let them go by so we weren't at that awkward distance behind them the whole way back. Despite being dressed in all the proper regalia they were rather poor at gauging distance as they agreed it was six miles to Tideswell when they walked by which was more like a mile and a half.