Matlock to Ashover and back

8th February: With a "Clearing from the west" forecast, a large group turned out on a rather grey day to get a good dose of fresh air. The landmark for the day was Riber Castle - a folly I understand - overlooking Matlock where we started, and visible for much of the day.

Riber Castle

The landscape was far more arable than many of the group's walks - and made for a gentle walk. The initial greyness gradually gave way to patches of blue sky, before clearing completely for a fine day. Despite numerous opportunities, as far as I know no-one ended up covered in mud, there being plenty of it. The walk took in a varied landscape - plenty of grass, trees and fine views - about right for the White Peak. We also came across various animals, including a sheepdog that decided to play at herding the group (we had become a bit strung out). The final descent into Matlock was when many were reminded (by their hips/knees/feet) that they had in fact walked 14 miles - so much of the group then headed for appropriate medicine at the local Wetherspoons. Abbot Ale at £1.35 per medicinal unit proved highly effective...


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Roger leading from behind

Group being rounded up


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Through the woods


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Mud, our constant companion...

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