Deep Dale & Sheldon Sunday 3 May

A damp start but after saying hello to the cottage that arrived last night and getting the paper from Bakewell it had brightened up albeit breezy. Packed some sandwiches and set off on a seven mile walk initially to Sheldon where we then picked up a path down to Ashford in the Water. When we got to the River Wye we turned and walked along the river in the direction of Taddington and stayed on the path as it went into the wood. Just before the White Ladies car park we turned into Deep Dale. Here we stopped for lunch just yards away from the main path and we had the place to ourselves, for a few minutes anyway! Despite its name it is a gentle climb back to Sheldon although a little stony underfoot. One side of the dale was well covered with cowslips. I prefer this dale to the Deep Dale near Chelmorton which I once described as the worst walk around here! At the top of the dale we did the short walk across the fields to Sheldon where we stopped for a cream tea. Every Bank Holiday Sunday they do cream teas in the village Hall and we try and get there every now and then. After that the short walk back home. Here I was surprised to find a number of phone calls and emails which resulted in a couple of bookings even though it meant I didn’t finally sit down until 8.30pm!