We gathered near the flooded car-park in Monyash [none of us decided to risk leaving our cars in the huge, possibly deepening, puddle] and the party of 7 set off later than usual, having allowed members extra time to negotiate the unexpected diversion between Baslow and Bakewell. Heading northwest along Cross Lane and the Limestone Way, we approached Flagg before turning southwest across easy fields to Pomeroy. There was the customary stop for coffee [you’ve trained us all so well Linda!] before crossing the main A515 Buxton to Ashbourne road to join the High Peak Trail. This was then very easy walking with the wind behind us, allowing time to admire the extensive views stretching out in all directions. A strange white bird was noticed in a group of sparrows – possibly an albino? – [we needed our bird experts]. Sparklow conveniently provided two picnic tables with integral benches at our lunchtime, before a sprinkling of rain moved us on. The required footpath just before Parsley Hay was spotted and then followed, taking us back across the A515 and then a combination of footpaths and a minor road brought us back into Monyash, where all enjoyed a cup of tea in sunshine. 7 miles over 3 and 1/2 hours.
Vanda Boyd .