Sunday 17 February A walk in Wensleydale (Derbyshire)

Another fine but cold and hazy start. One B&B and one cottage guest out this morning. Had narrowed the selection of walks down to three but in the end picked one that we knew nothing about so it would be all new. This was Wensleydale near the village of Wensley not far from Winster. We set off and got held up initially near Darly Dale station where the Peak Rail crosses the road. One of the steam trains was making a run. A couple of times during our walk we could hear the whistles of the steam trains going up and down the line. From Darley Bridge we set off along the track to Oker. We skirted the edge of the village and then picked up a path heading to Snitterton. Just before we reached Snitterton we veered off towards Wensleydale but before reaching the dale itself stopped for lunch while we were still in the sun. Wensleydale may not have the impact that other dales do, that’s the trouble with having so many dominant dales in the area, but it was worth seeing. I felt it was like a mini Dovedale and the frostiness added to the effect. From here we passed the edge of Wensley from which we had some nice views towards Matlock with Riber Castle also visible. From here it was downhill except I had not spotted the bit that said steep decsent and I had not brought my stick so it took me a litle longer to get down through the woods than I was expecting. We then picked up the lane that went back to Darley Bridge. We drove back via Peak Village Outlet Centre and the Chatsworth Farm Shop. Back home had tea before picking up Joanna and Andrew and going to Over Haddon to see the film The Importance of Being Earnest. On the way back the temperature was showing -5 deg C!