The Peak District
Trip Start Apr 01, 2010
28Trip End Jul 31, 2010
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Fresh from a restful weekend in Sheffield, on our first day in the Peaks we hiked nearly 18 miles from Ashbourne to the upland town of Monyash -- our longest hike to date (not counting Joel's wanderings on Exmoor in search of our friend L)
By the time we finally climbed up to Old Moor and looked across to the lump of Mam Tor, we were both tired enough that reaching Edale seemed a bit overenthusiastic. We headed down to Castleton instead, through a steep dale that winds directly below the picturesque ruin of Peveril Castle. We'd spent a long weekend in Castleton a couple of years ago, and recommend it as a lovely base for exploring the Peaks. (Alport Castles, a natural rock tower with craggy "battlements" just west of the Derwent Water reservoir, is a particularly arresting but under-visited site).
This time, though, we didn't stay in Castleton; we needed to get to New York for a friend's wedding. That little trip took care of the rest of May. When we returned on 1 June, it was to Edale, to start the Pennine Way.