Mac’s First Run in the Peak District

September 2017.

Today Mum wanted to go to a beautiful valley called Dovedale, which during autumn and winter is very quiet and peaceful.  So she bundled me into the car and off we went for the 20 minute car journey south.  We parked in the little National Trust car park at the foot of the valley and set off following the river.  There’s a little bridge you can cross, but you can walk on either side of the river for the first couple of hundred yards.  You get to a sharp bend in the river – beware! If you have chosen to walk on the left side of the river to here, you must now cross using the stepping stones to the other side.  Luckily I was able to splash through the shallow river having a good drink as I went.  Mum, however, hops along the stepping stones.

Then off we went down the valley.  The sides rise steeply on each side and the path follows the river closely; it’s a really beautiful place to be.  And, of course, lots of sniffs and smells and if I’m really lucky, someone will have made the mistake of sitting on the ground to eat their snack so I can swoop in to try to steal it! IMG_2878

Here is a handy map so you can see the route we did:

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After passing the beautiful caves, we turned up a narrow path that lead out of the valley. At the end of the path was a small gate into a field full of cows.  Uh oh!  Cows don’t like me.  So we turned left and followed the fence, continuing up and eventually we arrived here:

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Isn’t that amazing!  You can see the path running along the river at the bottom of the valley.  We continued on and joined up with a footpath that went down the hill and met the Dovedale path at the bottom – it was fun running down the hill!  Then we ran all the way back along the valley path.

And click here if you’d like to view the https://www.strava.com/activities/1191717103/embed/12c7f298e689574387683b9262c2949f728d179e” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Strava activity

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