Ten people plus Poppy departed from Cromford Wharf on a rather dull and cold day. However the weather did not dampen our spirits as we ascended the hill to Black Rocks, a former lead mining site but now a climbing crag. From the very top we admired the views and landmarks of the Derwent Valley. The descent of the High Peak Trail incline provided more opportunities to explore the rich industrial heritage of this area – old engine houses, and runaway rail carts included. At High peak Junction we ate lunch at strategically placed picnic tables, alongside Cromford Canal. A mile further, past an abandoned waterway cottage, we emerged at Lea Bridge. Here, one of the few working Derbyshire textile mills is located. A very pleasant path through woodland then led us to Cromford Station and back to the cars. A total of seven miles completed but well worth the effort of travelling to this area for all the sights. Thanks to all who turned out.