We continued the ascent, passing trees long bare, and shrouded in snow.
Riber Castle, on the next hill, was almost always in view. Unlike other heritage buildings in the area, the castle is a 19th Century creation, and hence relatively new. Unfortunately, the upkeep has been too much for a succession of owners, and the castle is at present abandoned.
After an hour’s walk, we finally reached the top of the hill, at Geoff’s Seat.
It would be a lovely place to sit in summer, when you have views like this to contemplate on. In the middle of the snow, we took a few photos and continued on.
On the other side of the hill we again have views of Riber Castle, which sits above High Tor. We certainly climbed far that day!
That’s all from Derbyshire. Next time, we’re heading south to more hospitable climes.
We are still in the Peaks district for this series – we are walking up Masson Hill, which behind the B&B. It was the day after our visit to Chatsworth, and the weather hasn’t really improved.
But we walked anyway. Matlock was free of snow by this stage, as the early views of the town atest.
But the snow was quite thick on the ground as we ascended further up the hill.
We walked over countless stiles and through many fields. The snow was two inches deep in places. Soon we were high up above Matlock.
We walked through the snow to the nearby town of Matlock. The cottages looked so pretty in the snow.
We took a bus to the town of Bakewell, home of the Bakewell tart and pudding. A market was in full-swing in the square, despite the snow.
The town’s architecture was quaint, with no power lines in sight. It was like being in a period drama.
But the weather got to us, and soon we were in a tearoom, drinking tea and eating the famous pudding. Incidently, the tart and pudding don’t really resemble each other at all, aside from the smattering of jam at the bottom of the case. The tart has a short pastry crust and an almond filling, while the pudding had a puff crust and a custard filling.
From our window, everything was white – the front yard, the stone fence, the footpath, the park…
I went out straight away to explore. Luckily the fresh snow wasn’t slippery, yet. The B&B and the hillside behind looked like a classic Christmas scene.
The River Derwent flowed in the gully below. On a summer’s day, it would be a nice place to sit, but not on a frozen, snowy day.
Still, there were many details to savour – snow on the branches and trunks, for example.
Snow on the leaves and ground cover.
It was all so fascinating for me, even if it was freezing cold, so it won’t surprise you that I have plenty more snow scenes to share.
We stayed at The Cables B&B, with homely cottage rooms, great breakfasts, and even greater dinners. It is half-way between the towns of Matlock Bath and Matlock. Matlock Bath is a tourist town that was quite forlorn out of season, while Matlock is a working town.
The B&B sits under High Tor, a granite cliff that towers over the river Derwent. This was our view in the afternoon upon arriving.
But we got a shock the next morning… snow!
More snowy adventures soon.