Moody Monday……. On the Moor

Upper Derwent Valley, Derbyshire

The Old Sheep Pens on Howden Moor, Upper Derwent Valley, Derbyshire.  Sometimes idyllic, but for much of the time rather bleak.  The numbers of sheep that graze these moors has been drastically reduced in recent years.  It  took sometime for the penny to drop that these moors were being over grazed.  Now a tree planting scheme is underway on these moorland slopes.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

30th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

The Start of a long walk or a short stroll……

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Edale, Derbyshire

Last time we were here it was a sunny November day…..  sunny and November don’t always go together, particularly in the shadow of Kinder Scout, Derbyshires highest point.  This is Edale, and we just had a splendid  afternoon walk up the Clough.

But Edale is also the start of the “Pennine Way”.  The track ahead takes you to the summit of Kinder via Grindsbrook Clough.  This was the original start of the long distance path, later an additional start to the route was mapped out, possibly to save the over use of paths, in what is a nature sensitive area.  But both starting points are from the ‘Old Nag’s Head Inn‘ in Edale Village

The Pennine Way was the idea, and hard work  of a Tom Stephenson. He was one of  the key people in establishing The Right to Roam across our countryside, he also did much to promote the pastime and challenges of Rambling.

From Edale, to where the route terminates at Kirk Yetholm across the Scottish Border, it is 270 miles of tough terrain.  It takes the walker through most of the northern counties of England including three National Parks.  Even if you start at the end and work south to the finish, either way is a major challenge for any walker… tough terrain, tough weather but a walk of constant variety of landscape

Its creation, was a milestone in establishing long distance walking trails in the UK.

I have only ever done sections of the route, so take my boots hat off to those who undertake the full challenge.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

27th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Frosty Canal Walk…. just right for a November Morning

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Shardlow on the Trent & Mersey Canal, Derbyshire

Nearly the end of November and winter appears to have arrived.  Mist and frost to welcome in the morning…  but also a sun determined to burn the mist away quickly.  An ideal day for a walk along the canal.  The Trent & Mersey Canal, as the name suggests links the River Trent on the Derbyshire Nottingham border, here in middle England, with the River Mersey and the Industrial North West.  From Shardlow to the Mersey it is some 93 miles. It was once a major highway for goods, now it is a leisure waterway and part of the National Canal network.  Today though it was quiet.  CV19 restrictions have temporarily left the waters still….never seen them so calm.  But on with the walk, join us on a stroll from Shardlow Basin to Derwent Mouth.

The start (or end depending upon direction of travel) is at Derwent Mouth.  It is a wide expanse of water.  Here the Derbyshire River Derwent, that has flowed down from high in the Peak District, ends it journey, entering the River Trent as it heads eastward to the North Sea. It is also here that the Trent & Mersey Canal has its junction with the two rivers.  A series of Locks are used to maintain the water levels in the Canal and to enable it to rise above the river flood plain. 

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There is a bridge that straddles the River Trent.  A sweeping Metal contraption.  It is called ‘Long Horse Bridge‘.  The clue is in the name…..  the barges, that used to ply their trade along the canal, were for many years Horse Drawn.  Todays bridge is a new addition, the original (and in my view) and much more attractive Long Horse Bridge, was lost some years ago in floods. 

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A real bonus day, not sure what tomorrow or indeed the weekend has in store for us weather wise…..  so I hope you enjoyed this weather bonus.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

26th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

Tall Trees……..

Larch

” Everything on earth has its own time and its own season “

For the Larch Tree that has to be the end of autumn, when all the Larch Needles drop, and we are left with these tall sentinels.  

Many of you will have guessed over the years, that I do have an affinity with trees…..  and as each season changes and progresses my favourite trees come and go.  Right now it is the Larch.

Everything changes…. but the need for care in these troubled times must still be our priority, so…… 

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Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

26th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

The Sun came out… eventually (better late than never)

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Darley Mill Complex and Weir on the River Derwent, Derby

As they say…. “Better Late than Never“.   It was very late afternoon before the cloud broke, rolled back,  allowing the sun that had been in hiding all day, to break through.  It was low, and just like a searchlight, its penetrating beam lit up Darley Mills.  The receding clouds still dark added some drama to the evening.   The Mill complex has been recently restored and now home to a wide variety of businesses.  It is all part of the World Heritage Derwent Valley Site.

Not a bad finish to what had, until the very end, been a rather drab day

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Maybe tomorrow will be so much better… we will have to wait and see

No matter what tomorrow brings….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

25th November

(C) David Oakes 2020