Martin on the TGO Challenge 2017

Martin on the TGO Challenge 2017

Friday, 19 October 2007

Saturday 13 October 2007 - Lathkill Dale


Sue and I ventured out to Middleton by Youlgreave to meet four of our ex-Johannesburg Hiking Club friends, up from the south to participate in an LDWA walk tomorrow. Despite the overcast day the turning colours were lovely. We enjoyed a classic 17 km stroll down Bradford Dale past Youlgreave to Alport, then turning up Lathkill Dale, before leaving shortly before reaching Monyash. Cutting across to One Ash Grange Farm, whilst admiring the friendly pig (and taking a photo for a caption contest!), we encountered people known to the JHC members of our group. This resulted in a hasty departure, unlike our last visit to this spot earlier in the year, when there had been no ‘dark past’ involving the people we met on that occasion. It was a pleasant walk back to Middleton, where we enjoyed copious mugs of tea in Sue and David’s rented cottage, before adjourning home via the little picture gallery, for a ‘Carry On Up the Vanoise’ reunion meal.
Having left my boots in the porch at home today, I was obliged to walk in open sandals today. As we seem to be in a dry season this presented no difficulties whatever and was actually very pleasant, even if I do need a clean pair of socks tomorrow.
I’ll report on some of today’s wildlife on a quiet day next week.

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