Tuesday 8 April. The weather overnight brought strong winds and driving rain which carried on into today. It wasn’t a day for high level walking so I decided to catch the 10:00am bus from Castleton to Hathersage and to walk back on the northern side of the Hope Valley. The 6 mile bus ride took an interesting route diverting to Bradwell and Bamford along the way. It took over 30 minutes but I wasn’t in a hurry. A couple of dozen passengers got on at various stops but only 3 or 4 paid in cash. The remainder, like me, were using their bus passes.
There were still a few heavy showers when I arrived in Hathersage so it was a good excuse for the obligatory start of holiday bacon butty and a mug of tea followed by a browse around the outdoor clothing shops. By 11:45am it looked as if the worst of the weather had blown through so I made a start on my walk back to the caravan. There was a steepish climb of around 200ft which provided the following views.
My navigation went a little awry in the vicinity of Thorpe Farm and as a consequence I wandered on to a very boggy path and sank to the middle of my calf. Fortunately the gaiters kept the water and mud out of my boots. Just before Thornhill, I passed this rather impressive building.