Friday, 10 June 2011

Peak District/Derbyshire 6th-9th June 2011

We have just returned from a pleasant trip to the beautiful scenic Peak District. We were based in the hills above Hathersage. The weather was truly terrible, rain, wind, cold, not good for photography/birding. We tried to make the most of it, however, and would recommend the area for anyone thinking of a trip there. Lots of walks nearby with nice birds to observe, we had Redstarts within 5 mins of walking. There was an easy route from our base through beautiful countryside, down to Grindleford (about 30mins walk), so great for a quick stop at the station cafe there for a cuppa and a bite to eat before the wonderful walk through Padley Gorge and onto the Longshaw estate. We managed to pin down some target birds, but didnt hear or see Wood Warblers (I had them last year on a visit to this area). We had hoped to have a days walking up to Stanage Edge. in the hope of photographing Ring Ouzel or Red Grouse but the weather was just not on our side. Still, we shall return sometime so hopefully will have better luck then!
We travelled by train via Hull-Sheffield-Hathersage, a really easy route, although it was a pain carting the suitcase and all the camera gear from the station at Hathersage up to our accomodation, all uphill! We stayed at the delightful Millstone Inn  which we would recommend, the rooms were cosy and comfy and they have an amazing menu (the menu can be viewed on their site), also they have great offers for mid week stays, which we took advantage of. Instead of the usual 3 night cost of £225, because we stayed between Sun-Thurs we got 3 nights for £100 for the two of us including a belly busting breakfast!! A bargain!( Note: you have to ring them to get this offer, its not available with the online booking system.

No comments:

Post a Comment