Day 53 - Wings of a Dove

Trip Start Sep 06, 2009
Trip End Jun 07, 2010

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Eve Griffiths and Hamish join me this morning as we head along the Pennine Bridleway/High Peak Trail/Tissington Trail towards Parsley Hay with the aim of reaching Biggin Dale and Dove Dale this afternoon.  Ian has taken the car to scout out a pub for lunch and is then walking back to join us with Kimber and Maya, two lovely border collies they're dog-sitting. 
The sun is shining and the landscape is beautiful.  It's a great day to be out for a walk!  This section is largely an old railway line that is now a cycle, walking and riding trail making navigation straightforward and the walking surface level!  It's also a good place for the dogs to run free as all livestock are safely behind dry-stone walls and we're away from the roads.
We enjoy lunch outdoors and then Ian and Hamish join me to walk through Biggin Dale and along the River Dove to Milldale, while Eve takes the other dogs on in the car.  The steep-sided dale is full of limestone rocks and caves, a taster of what is to come in Dove Dale.  
I bid farewell to Ian, Eve and the dogs at the beautiful hamlet of Milldale.  Thank you all for your wonderful support and hospitality!  
The path then heads across the river and follows the Dove down past the striking limestone formations of Ilam Rock, the Natural Arch, Jacob's Ladder, the Twelve Apostles and the caves at Dove Holes.  Then it's a quick hop over the fields into Staffordshire and on to the grand Ilam Hall Youth Hostel. 

What made me smile today:
Hamish - the handsomest, sweetest-natured dog ever
Spending another day with the Griffiths
This area of the Peaks - it's beautiful and a great contrast to the Dark Peak area!
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BeccaR on

Staffordshire already! Well done.

I am hoping to join you for a couple of days' walking in June - maybe during the first week or maybe during the third? We have a new shift pattern but I think I can make it work in favour of more time out of London in the outdoors.

Eve on

It was lovely to be a part of your mission and the dogs had a real treat! Best of luck for the miles still to be covered. We're full of admiration for your expedition. Look forward to seeing you after you've finished to hear the full story.
Lots of love, Eve

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