Friday, 11 September 2015

Day Out

With Summer now behind us and Autumn racing ahead, we thought we would take advantage of a day of warm sunny weather and so, spent yesterday afternoon, visiting the Cromford Canal and Middleton Top. To begin, we parked at High Peak Junction and wandered along to Cromford Wharf.
We were fortunate to have such wonderful weather and with the kids back at school, our walk was fairly peaceful.
Where the bridge from the car park, crosses the Derwent River, two fishermen were standing, knee-deep in the fast-flowing water, trying to catch their supper.
After returning to the car for a flask of coffee, we set out once more. This time, we headed upward along the High Peak Trail, making for Middleton Top. The scenery along here, is dominated by the detritus of old railway infrastructure. Created by Act of Parliament on 2nd May 1825, the railway was built for the purpose of linking the Cromford Canal with the Peak Forest Canal at Whaley Bridge.
Now of course, the railways have long gone and we are left with a wonderful walk and some fantastic views.
The views across the Derwent valley toward Matlock Bath, High Tor and Riber, are quite lovely - especially in the sunshine.
There will be more of this tomorrow as we continue onward and upward.....
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