Normally I like to explore places using my trusty OS map, but following planned routes in my Peak District walking book really paid off. The morning walk started in a quaint village called Grindon; which was unusually busy because of the Easter service at the church. We flollowed the trail into some woodland on a steep valley which was wonderfully quiet and full of wild primulas and woodland shrubs.
We got a glimpse of Thor’s cave as we emerged from the woodland and proceeded to stomp up towards the gaping hole!
Inside the cave was an exit on the other side where is was immensely windy and refreshing!
We then walked on a cycle route for a few miles and had a mini lunch en route until finally exiting the route onto farmland, through some more woodland and onto farmland where unusually the farmer has kept the old stone wall field barriers. Beautiful.
It was truly wondeful to see all the Spring lambs!
Our second walk started in another quaint village called Elton, just outside Matlock where we walked to a climber’s bouldering haven called Robin Hood’s Stride.