Deep Dale and Sheldon

Saturday 22 July 2017. The weather has been unsettled for the last few days so it was good to get out walking again. Heavy rain and thunderstorms were forecast for Wednesday but it didn’t rain until tea time and it was only a shower; a wasted day. There was heavy rain on both Thursday and Friday so time was spent in the caravan watching the Tour de France on TV.

Today I drove to the car park at White Lodge for a walk up Deep Dale to the outskirts of Monyash and then on to Sheldon. My coffee/lunch stop was taken on top of a stile through a wall. There were about 30 young cows on the other side and they all came to say hello. Perhaps they thought that I’d share my egg & bacon sandwich with them. Some loud shooing and waving of arms soon had them retreating so I could pass safely through their field.

The next landmark was the Magpie lead mine just outside Sheldon. I visited this site many many years ago on a HF holiday. From here I walked through the village of Sheldon where preparations were well underway for their Village Day. I called into the village pub for another pint of lime & lemonade.

The last leg of the walk was mainly in the shade of Great Shacklow Wood. The walk was 8 miles with a total ascent of 1,200ft.

Aerial View

Deep Dale – walk route

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