Thursday 31 July a day off

End of the month and a day off. After an early breakfast, so the departing B&B guests could go to Alton Towers, took the dogs for their walk while Andrew, Joanna and Ian were spraying some cows. No one back in so we had planned a day out. The forecast was for rain later in the day but it had started raining by the time we left for the National Stone Center at Wirksworth (www.nationalstonecentre.org.uk). It was one of those places we have been meaning to visit and today’s outing was prompted by an article on TV last night. If going to Wirksworth it is worth a detour. It is free to walk the trail but it is best to invest in one of the leaflets which gives a full explanation of the site. A fact worth mentioning is that 330 million years ago Britain used to be just below the Equator and Derbyshire was a series of sub tropical seas! Bakewell would have been on the coast! There is a shop and cafe area and a Story of Stone Exhibition (entrance fee). Dogs are welcome too! We then drove down to Arkwrights Mill at Cromford(www.arkwrightsociety.org.uk) and had a quick look round and then lunch at the Wheatcroft Cafe. It’s always nice to see the work going on at the Mill. The first time we came here in 1993 it was still very much a derelict site. One day it will be interesting to take one of the guided tours. We then drove over to Tissington to make a long overdue tour of the Tissington Hall. (www.tissington-hall.com). By now light rain had set in and we were with a small group on the tour of the hall with time to wander in the gardens afterwards. After that we stopped at the nearby Coach House for a cup of tea before paying the village church a visit. Back home and after a busy day a quiet evening in.