grindleford gallopA few weeks ago my friend and I embarked on our second training walk for the Alzheimer’s Society Hadrian’s Wall Trek in August. As I have acquired quite a collection of challenge walk route descriptions, we decided on the 21 mile Grindleford Gallop and so we found ourselves emerging from the car into drizzle on Grindleford’s main street.

Luckily it soon cleared up, and once we had made our way through woods to Froggatt the sun was making a welcome appearance. Rain threatened several times during the day but we seemed to manage to skirt around it.

There is a very steep climb up to the road to Eyam and from there we elected to walk down the road, which is closed due to a landslip, rather than climb to the Riley Graves. In Eyam we grabbed ice cream (no it’s never to early!!) and watched what appeared to be the start of a cycle race before climbing out of the village and picking up the track towards Foolow and the main road.

The road to Eyam...

The road to Eyam…

I had been trialling some walking shoes I had bought years ago from Cotton Traders, but sadly I think the Baslow Boot Bash killed them off as the soles had gone decidedly soft, so I changed into my running shoes in front of a field of curious cows.

The pull onto Longstone Moor is one of my favourite parts of this walk as it is so scenic, although the clouds seemed a little ominous today. I watched in disbelief as some small tawny creature leaped clean over the wall in the distance, and realised afterwards that it was a hare.

The view from Longstone Moor

The view from Longstone Moor

Descending through a farmyard towards Great Longstone village, we found a rack full of home made jams, scones and flapjack complete with an honesty jar so purchased some flapjack which was absolutely delicious.

We ate lunch at Great Longstone, watching the cycle race pass through the village- it was obviously a vintage cycle race, and several people were dressed the part in gingham frocks (ladies) and tweed (gents).

Our next objective was a plod along the Monsal Trail to Bakewell, but this proved to be a bit hairy as we soon realised that this was also part of the cycle race route, as well as being very popular with families teaching their kids to ride, and by the time we left the trail we were getting seriously fed up with dodging bikes!

On the Monsal Trail

On the Monsal Trail

The steep climb out of Bakewell through the golf course and woods faced us, and we had to stop for a break to recover before crossing the wide open spaces towards Edensor, where we stopped to help orientate a couple looking for their car park.

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House

The stretch through Chatsworth to Baslow is a delight, and we had a break in Baslow to drink the last of the coffee before the steep pull onto Froggatt Edge. As we dipped towards the road to traverse Curbar Edge, something magical happened with the weather. The sun broke through the clouds in that special way that creates brilliant light for landscape shots and I kept my friend waiting as I took shot after shot.

grindleford gallop

grindleford gallopWe were nearly done now though and a short steep descent brought us back to Grindleford, where it started to rain. Apart from a few blisters, we weren’t in bad shape and I quite enjoyed doing the route in summer.

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