Sunday 4 November an autumnal walk

A hazy start but a promising forecast. two choices, immerse self in paper work or a walk. Well it had to be the latter! Two cottages leaving and both B&B’s out today. One of our departing guests gave us some chocolates and wine. Yesterday one of our departing guests gave us some cider and fudge. After the guests had left and dogs taken for a quick walk we set off for Ashford in the Water. We weren’t sure how busy it would be and if we would be able to park there. Luckily we could so we set off for Monsal Head via the green lanes behind Ashford. There were some nice views but the haze hadn’t cleared as much as I had hoped. We came a across a bench just before Monsal Head so we stopped and had lunch. This was a well trodden walk as we met many people on the way. From Monsal Head we walked down to the Viaduct and then down to the river and along to White Lodge car park on the A6. Then through Shardlow Woods back to Ashford. Just over five miles and apart from the climb up to Shardlow Woods not very strenuous. From Ashford we made a detour to the bookshop at the old Hassop Station. Had a hot chocolate and piece of cake and bought two books on the area. We keep a selection of books and DVDs on the area for B&B guests to enjoy. Back home I cooked a cottage pie but it was quite late before we ate and sat down.