I popped out to Tideswell and Monsal Head to check out a route – a worthwhile trip as I now have to shorten the plan. We’d otherwise have a very late lunch on 8 December.
Anyway it was a good day for a walk – 18 km with about 800 metres ascent according to Anquet (further distance and less ascent per Garmin).
There were lots of ducks on the River Wye – Coot, Moorhen, Mallard, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Goosander, Little Grebe, etc, and the riverside path by Cressbrook wasn’t too flooded.
Many of the trees have lost their leaves hereabouts, especially those higher up, as pictured above. The leaf litter is still producing lovely colours though, even on overcast days like this one.
My route, starting from the Vanilla Kitchen in Tideswell, is shown below. It took me about four and a half hours, including a chat with Hannah at the Monsal Head Hotel.