Apologies for this late report – a pressing engagement with a birdwatching week in Norfolk put it out of my mind.
Given the awful weather forecast I was surprised (and delighted, of course) to have a party of ten all ready for a prompt start. We went down to Monsal Dale and along the muddiest part of the walk to White Lodge before climbing the minor dale which leads up to Taddington. A little light drizzle accompanied us for this stretch but by the time we had lunched in the churchyard it had faded away. We re-crossed the A6 and descended to Priestcliffe, passing signs of mediaeval strip fields as we went. From Priestcliffe we followed a broad track before cutting over the fields to descend steeply to the Monsal Trail above Litton Mill. We finished along the spectacular high-level path above Water-cum-Jolley – the limestone crags much in evidence at this time of year. The rain arrived as we were driving home.