Sunday 3rd March 2019 – Over Haddon to Bakewell

With the threat of Storm Greta forecast to hit later in the day, 46 hardy club members decided to risk the anticipated torrential rain and strong winds.  The walk, lead by Dave T was a linear walk of 8.75 miles.  Announcements this month included a reminder of the date change for May’s walk from the usual 1st Sunday of the month to Sunday 12th May.  Non walkers (7) were dropped off in Bakewell for the day with the remaining 39 walkers starting the walk from the small hamlet of Over Haddon.

Setting off across fields overlooking the beautiful Lathkill Dale the route took walkers downhill to the bottom of the dale famed for Dippers, a small bird, that usually frequents rocky streams, and as its name suggests, dips in and out of the water,  Imagine our surprise when a ‘human’ dipper came into view.  An intrepid open water swimmer, dived from the top of one of the weirs into the water.  That water must have been freezing!!! it was only early March after all.  Following the course of the river for a short way the route continued past a beautiful show of snowdrops, to a bridge where the route crossed the river to join a path taking the group steeply upwards through Meadow Place Wood.  On reaching the top and after catching our breath, the path continued, crossing farmland before dropping down through woodland again to reach another bridge, this one crossing the River Bradford.  This was a good stopping point for walkers to enjoy some refreshment and a warm drink before continuing on along Bradford Dale towards our lunch stop destination of Youlgreave.

Following a very welcome break in one of the several pubs in Youlgreave, where the menfolk in particular were treated to a choice of real ales,  the rain preceding storm Greta had really started in earnest.  Donning wet weather gear, walkers left the warmth of the pub to follow a lane down to a basin in the River Lathkill, a very pretty spot in spite of the rain.  Moving on and climbing upwards through a wooded valley edge, Haddon Fields were reached.  Unfortunately, what would have been a spectacular view of Haddon Hall, was all but obscured by the rain and low cloud.  Making our way downwards, the rain mercilessly beating down, we reached the entrance to the Haddon Hall estate.  Crossing the main A6 road from Bakewell to Rowsley it was a short, flat walk following the course of the River Wye back into Bakewell.  Wet, bedraggled and tired the coach was a was a welcome sight.

Dave T was thanked for a lovely walk, enjoyed by all even though it was so wet and miserable in the afternoon.

Thanks for all who provided photos for the gallery.