Thursday 27 March A walk in Dovedale

Had planned to do more curtains and other things today but as it dawned sunny we decided it was about time we had a day off! (Last one was 26 February, four weeks ago). So up and Chris took his car round to the garage with Blue and walked back home while I did the usual bits. Rucksacks packed and dogs loaded we set off about 10.45am. Went to Alstonefield where we parked. It is a good starting point for walks into Dovedale in both directions. We headed off towards Coldeaton Bridge with a light shower but by the time we reached Gypsy Bank it had stopped. There were some nice views ahead of the steep descent. The walk allowed 4 minutes for the descent bit I took 10 minutes, but there included a chat with a couple walking up. At the bridge we turned left to walk the middle part of Dovedale. This is a quieter but I think more scenic part of the dale. We stopped for lunch just before the dale became Wolfscote Dale which was just as well as just afterwards we had a heavy shower. At least when the sun was out it did feel as if spring was in the air! Where the dale became Beresford Dale we turned and headed back towards Alstonefield via Narrowdale. This stretch was quite muddy, even Blue began to panic as he started to sink into the mud. From the head of Narrowdale we had some lovely views back towards Hartington and the upper Dovedale. Back at Alstonefield we walked around to the church where they had an ‘Images of Spring’ exhibition by the villagers. It was very good. We then drove to Hartington to try out a recently opened tea room but this was unfortunately closed due to family funeral. We popped into the famous Hartington Cheese Shop and bought some cheeses. Back home one of the cleaners was just finishing cleaning a couple of cottages. Dealt with emails and phone calls and after dinner prepared a few things for tomorrow as well as listing things I need to do tomorrow.