A walk in Deep Dale

IMG_4561For once we had no arrivals on a bank Holiday Monday at our Bolehill cottages near Bakewell (see here). With a warm sunny day forecast once the four departing cottages had left we packed the rucksacks and headed to Sheldon to do our annual walk up Deep Dale to see the early purple orchids. This walk can be done from Bolehill (about 7.5 miles) or from Sheldon (5.5 miles).  There are a network of paths down to the River Wye from Sheldon and we opted for the one at the far end of the village near Kirk Dale. This path runs parallel to the dale and we got good views over Ashford and toward Longstone Edge.  Once by the river we walked along passed the old mill and up into Shacklow Woods.  The wild garlic was almost in flower in places, if it had been we would have been able to smell it, and there were some bluebells out too.  As the path dropped down to the White Ladies car park we took the path up into Deep Dale.  It was still sunny and warm and we found a spot to have lunch.  Although there were plenty of cowslips around there were few orchids.  Normally this is the best time of the year to see them but this year there is a drought of them.  Never mind, it is a nice walk anyway.  From the top of Deep Dale we picked up one of the paths back to Sheldon.  By now it had clouded up a bit.  From Sheldon we drove round to Monyash which was busy, there were loads of bikes at the cafe but I managed to get my ice cream!  There was a lovely sunset but by the time I spotted the colours in the sky it was too late.  Enjoy the photos.