Peak District 22-24 March 2019
Attendees: Andy, Ade, Aga, Andreea, Angela, Barry, Maggie, Martin, Sue, Trudy,
A nice relatively local trip to the stunning Peak District and the second busiest national park in the world.
We stayed in an independent hostel in Sheen in the white peaks.
Some people arrived early on the Friday and explored the local towns and areas. On Saturday we drove a short distance to park at Alstonefield where we set off to across the fields before dropping down in the valley alongside the river Dove.
Once in the valley the scenery was spectacular with many caves lining the route and wonderful cliffs and overhangs with bolts for those sport climbers.
A nice lunch stop at Milldale was followed by more wonderful sights such as the 12 apostles before the highlight of the day walking up to Thorpe Cloud and the stepping stones across the river and with wonderful views for miles around. It was busy with sightseers and for good reason.
We then crossed the river and began making our way along the opposite bank but keeping a high route. It turned out to be a great day covering approx 12-15 miles and 3000ft ascent.
Back in the bunkhoue we enjoyed an evening of home cooked lasagne and a couple of games of charades.
Sunday was another glorious sunny day. We started and the picturesque town of Hartington making our way across fields to once again pick up the river Dove further along the valley. Andy & Barry quickly bagged a couple of nearby summits including Wolfscote Hill (388m) the highest in the nearby area before meeting the others as we came back along Biggin Dale.