Tee-shirts shorts, suncream and sun hats were the order of the day for todays circular walk around Castleton.  The walk, led by Norman was a lovey 7.5 mile figure of 8 walk, taking in the stunning scenery of the great ridge running between Mam Tor and Losehill.

Thirty six boarded the coach at Waterdale, a few had cancelled due to illness and also due the high temperatures forecast for the day. There were 5 non-walkers who decided to explore the charms of Castleton for the day.  Jean, our club organiser was on holiday so your bloggers stepped up and kept everyone in order!!  A guest walker , Linda, a friend of Kelly, Felicity and Chui was welcomed to the group.

Following a coffee in Castleton, 31 walkers took a footpath across grassy fields (with a slight detour through thick bracken) to join a well defined path running below shadow of the great ridge.  Stopping for much needed refreshments at the site of the disused Odin Mine, the remains of Peveril Castle could be seen set on the edge of Cave Dale.  Foxgloves dotted in the bracken waved in the breeze and a buzzard was spotted flying at low level over the tree-tops.  Continuing along the path the group joined a lane leading back into Castleton where 5 walker chose not to continue but stay for the afternoon in Castleton.  The remainder of the group made their way across fields following the course of Peakshole water, a small beck, to reach Hope where many enjoyed lunch in the beer-garden in the Woodroffe Arms. The landlord had kindly opened up early for the group who made the most of the available shade with cold ale being very much appreciated.

Due to the heat, the afternoon section of the walk was shortened a little with the group following paths along hedgerows and lanes, leading back into Castleton where ice creams and a paddle in the cool water of the steam running through centre of the village were a welcome end to a lovely walk in the wonderful scenery of the White Peak in Derbyshire. Homeward bound on the coach, Norman was thanked by all for an extremely enjoyable walk.

Thanks to back-markers Trevor and George.  With thanks also to Dave Ty for photos included in this month’s gallery.