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Lathkill Dales from Monyash

Lathkill Dales from Monyash

Area: Derbyshire – Peak District (White peak)
Starting point: Monyash
Date of walk: 2nd August 2016
Walkers: Me & Merlin
Distance: 11.20 miles
Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
Terrain: Woodland, Wateralls, Streams, Moorland
Weather: Sun, blue skies, cloudy

I can’t take credit for this walk as I borrowed it from the walking English man website, however slightly varied. A day walking through the white peak, with the sun out has never been anything less than pleasant. This walk in particular is varied, walking through the 2 picturesque villages of Youlgreave and Monyash. And in between, open fields, rivers, wooded areas and dales. What more could you really ask for? There isn’t much in terms of climbs , hill walking or mountains, however this walk will certainly be going on the ‘connoisseurs list’ for walks. A thoroughly rewarding enjoyable walk.

I arrive in Monyash late morning with the doggy. Park the car up and walk towards to village centre where a small tea room is found called the old Smithy. cute little place, so I treat myself to a bakewell flapjack & a cup of tea. The route takes the limestone way, which I’ve never really explored much. However within moments coming out on Monyash, the views on Fern Dale are far reaching, and are absolutely stunning.

Cales Dale
Fern Dale

A mile or 2 on, the first landmark is One Ash Grange Farm. We continue past the farm following the Limestone Way (which by the way is well marked). After the farm, there is a drop into Cales Dale. Down into this dale and back up sn the most strenuous part of the walk, so watch your footing. As you rise back up heading towards calling low, fine views are had once again and easy walking is had for the remainder of walk. It’s well worth taking your time with this one, simply because this is low effort walk with great reward.

Past Calling low, Low Moor plantation is reached, again followed by open pasture land filled with cows who seem rather entrigued by Merlins high energy levels. On the East side of the Moor a B road is reached where we continue across the path by a car park. Youlgreave is seen in the distance and upon a grassy knoll I sit myself. Me and Merlin take in the view & out comes my Moleskin to jot down some anagrams..

On a grassy knoll we sit
On a grassy knoll we sit

Down off the knoll, we head into Youlgreave, a pleaasent little village with a pub and some cafes. I had my lunch on the knoll so need to really stop off in the village. Heading out of the village towards to final section of the walk. Lathkill dale. Before reaching there is another drop in the valley, and the walk along the banks of the river are mesmerizing. This section is sheltered, the quiet titter tattering of the slow moving river is head and it feels extremely safe & secure unlike how the Moors can be at times, relentless.

along the valley before reaching youlgreave
along the valley before reaching youlgreave
Merlin testing the waters
Merlin testing the waters

Unfortunatly my camera ran out of battery in the deep valleys of Lathkill Dale, which probaly is the highlight of this walk. It’s quite dramatic coming out of the wooded riverlands to exposed limestone outcrops. Further down the valley, the start of Monyash is reaching, and winding up the hill, we are back at the car

 

Beeley loop – A walk with water

Beeley loop – A walk with water

Area: Derbyshire – Peak District
Starting point: Beeley Moor (circular walk)
Date of walk: 13th April 2016
Walkers: Me & Yannis
Distance: 4.96m
Difficulty: Easy
Terrain: Woodland, Wateralls, Streams
Weather: Sun, blue skies

This is probably one of my favourite walks in the Chatsworth / Rowsley area of Derbyshire. I’ve done this walk before, & there is a fantastic waterfall on the route. I have the urge to pick up some fruit from the store to make a peace offering during my walk today. It’s warm, and I am only in my t-shirt. We were actually supposed to goto a place called Arbor low stone circle, however the road was closed, so we headed to Beeley instead. The first part of this walk, start in a woodland, and its great. It has a stream with a series of waterfalls running through the woodland complex. Upon hearing the sound of running water, move swiftly through the forest, I can.only describe the feeling as ‘immediately soothing’. Peaceful.

A soothing brook
A soothing brook

I personally sometimes take water which we drink & bathe in for granted. yet it nourishes the earth & nourishes our bodies. A few weeks ago, I was standing out on the moors one night, catering to the fire in the pouring rain. I couldn’t help giggle to myself, like a child, playing in the rain. I couldn’t remember the last time I felt so ecstatic with nothing but the pouring rain dripping off my forehead onto my face. My soul felt soothed at this moment, and to hear the water again, and reconnect with the power of water, felt… Joyous.

A short stroll through this magical woodland let us to the other end out on Beeley Moor. The views from this moor, the clear skies, the birds tweeting in the heather, a profound stillness arises from within. Slow walking, 1 step at a time, across this baron but fruitful moor. We did encounter something strange however. In the middle of nothingness and peace, there is a quiet sound of an engine. We look, and we see a unmarked blacked, near to silent plane whizzing by our heads, within 100 metres! 2 of them! Unbelievable, of course there is discussion of what these jet black unmarked silent planes are doing circling around the moors of Derbyshire

On the moor
On the moor
Planes casually cruising above the moor...
Planes casually cruising above the moor…

All sorts of thoughts arise, and knock us both out of the natural flow we had found ourselves in. Nether the less, strolling continues, aimlessly, feeling like wandering hermits, with nothing to do, nowhere to go, but where are feet take us. We enter into a another woodland which is on the back end of Chatsworth. The old majestic tree’s are greatly appreciated like brothers among us. A genuine hurt is felt for the mass’s of tree’s bought down for whatever human reasons. That voice in my head speaks ‘forgive them, for they know not what they do’.

Through a narrow path, uplifted by the land we walk on, we get to this incredible waterfall. At a moment, we discuss, this is the type of place, you’ll find in an Indiana Jones movie, in the middle of Bolivia. But yes, we are in awe of the beauty. taken again by the power of water. it becomes apparent at this stage of the walk, the water has something to teach me today.

Waterfall
Waterfall

I take a brief dip into the waterfall, and purify myself with the water. You see, water close by the source is pure. Untampered with, close to spirit, close to purity. The water we get coming through our taps at home, has passed through human influence and thinking, lessening the purity. Man’s sinful ways taints the world in so many ways, but who am I to judge? The water teach’s, let life flow, and let it go where it decides to flow, I need not create barriers, blockades of great dams, Fear not of what the water will do. This is why, i step under the waterfall, to allow the water to cleanse, sooth and heal. And yes, needless to say, it feels amazing. Once again I feel child like & innocent. I take some moments to stand among the waterfall with my fruit & a big incense. To make an offering, for what has been provided to me today & to maintain peace within. As I place the fruit on the floor, and connect, it’s obvious I need to do this more often! be by water. My star sign is an earthly one, and what does the earth need more than anything, water. Open up to water, like a flower opens up to it when its about to rain.

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After about an hour by this marvel of a place, we walk back a slightly different way creating a loop, we pass by a lake, and back through some woodland, going off path through wild terrain. However, we meet the path again, and there we are back on the Moor strolling back across to where we came from. This time undisturbed by stealth spy planes…

I always find it pleasing, how if we pay attention and be present, signs & symbols are all around us teaching us & guiding us. Today I was reminded something quite simple. We turn on the tap, drink water, throw the rest down the sink, without even thinking. Being present in my actions, starting with the simplest things that I do, makes for good meditation. I am currently in the middle of writing about ‘walking meditation’ with touch’s on this is more depth, and practical ways to incorporate simple living into our lives. In this I will be talking about making offerings, being conscious in walking, being aware and observant, and pursuing the things with bring joy and ecstasy to our lives.

Love always

Azim x