Thursday 13th walk from Bakewell

Dec 13, 2012
Another rather exclusive walk – just Marion Birkett and me! But what a stunning winter wonderland; thick hoar frost covering absolutely everything, and persisting throughout the walk, from the tops of the trees, through the shrubs and vegetation in the hedgerows, right down to grass underfoot. It was like being in an Alpine valley in the ski season, and luckily I had my camera with me [sorry Marion for all the stops]. As planned, we walked from the old Bakewell railway station heading NE, skirting Pilsley, before passing through Hassop and then returning to Bakewell partly on the Monsal trail, all new footpaths for me. It was very cold low down in the inversion layer, but we emerged into sunshine and warmth just in time for lunch near Hassop, joined by 2 robins. We then had clear blue skies and views towards Longstone Edge, before getting onto the Monsal trail which was a tunnel of white frosted trees. A lovely walk, just 6 and 1/2 miles, which took us under 3 hours to complete.

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