On a dull and cool morning a party of 15 left Ashford in the Water and after a short walk at the side of the River Wye we took the gradually ascending path through Little Shacklow Wood to arrive at the village of Sheldon. Once out of the village the path crossed several fields before arriving at our breezy coffee stop overlooking Deep Dale. It was more sheltered in the dale and Cowslips were beginning to appear, although we were too early for the carpets of Orchids which can usually be seen here. We crossed the busy A6 and took lunch on the bank of the river. After crossing the river by the weir we climbed steadily through the wood until we emerged above the valley, and paused to admire the extensive views. The sun was beginning to shine as the path joined Pennyunk Lane, and this led us to the outskirts of Ashford. Our hopes of a cuppa in the local tea shop were dashed when it was found to be full, but all had enjoyed a pleasant 8.2 mud free miles. Thanks for coming. Sean.