Thursday 12 July a busy day out and about.

In theory another day off but didn’t finish until midday. As the weather was not promising we decided to go to one of the caves in Castleton. First we stooped in Hathersage. I wanted to find an art gallery where they were displaying some winning photos of an annual competition held by the Friends of the Peak District. We could not find the street on the map but driving around we found where it was. After that we walked into Hathersage and browsed around the outdoor shops. I was after a pair of walking shorts but bought a pair of sandals! we also needed to replace some maps and bits. Had lunch in the garden of one of the cafes but by the time we left it was just staring to rain. Next stop was an agricultural merchants at Brough. These are fascinating places, I have learnt so much about animal welfare from these places. Anyway we bought some chicken food and weed killer amongst other bits. It was a short drive to Castleton and up the Winnats Pass to the Blue John mine. We were on one of the last tours so we were a small select group to tackle the 244 steps! Down and up! When we came out the sun was shining. Typical. We came home and had a slice of toast before being collected by Joanna, Ian and Fay. We went to the Buxton suite adjacent to the Opera House in Buxton to see a play performed by the Buxton Young Farmers. This play recently won a national Young Farmer competition. On the way back we stopped for a quick drink. All this in 10 hours! Phew!