Froggatt Hopping

August 2017.

Today my Mum and Charlie were taking me for a walk along Froggatt Edge. Now if you don’t know about the Edges in the Peak District you are in for a treat. They are Gritstone escarpments that create an “edge” down to the valley below and there are several of them. This is a good link to find out more http://www.peakdistrictonline.co.uk/peak-district-gritstone-edges-c101334.html

So Mum parked in a small parking bay near the start of the footpath and we set off. Initially the path starts in trees and bracken, so you don’t see a lot, but pretty soon the clear path opens out onto moorland on your left and the escarpment on your right. What a view!

There is a safe wide path a long way back from the edge but if you are adventurous you can hop from boulder to boulder along the escarpment. I did not like going too close to the edge and barked a warning to Mum and Charlie if they got too close.

That was fun! Then we turned right on a footpath that went down towards the valley below. It was like a jungle down there (especially as, being August, it was wet and warm) but after zig zagging about a bit we eventually found the right path down to the road….. and the pub! Yay, drinks all round and lunch for the humans. Doggie note; I was not allowed inside the The Chequers Inn but was welcome to sit outside in their cute courtyard garden. Luckily it had stopped raining…..

After lunch it was time to return up the hill back to the car – it was hard work getting up that hill but once we were at the top we all had a fun gallop back to the car.

Charlie and I won of course! Here is our route in case you’d like to try it.

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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