February 17th:

A prompt start was made in thick mist from the Directional Stone in the village square.  The leaders had decided to do the circuit clockwise starting at No 1 - seemed logical.  We first went along the road towards Youlgrave and then down into and up Bradford Dale remarking several of the Sites on the way.  Leaving the stream we crossed  through fields  (passing Sites 5 and 7) to Smerrill Grange, a little beyond which there is a carved boulder by the lane side (Site No 8).  As we went up over the top from Smerrill Grange we suddenly emerged from the mist into wall to wall sunshine with the remnants of recent snow on the ground. We dropped down to Site No 9 before going up Long Dale to Sites 10 and 11, and then up the road towards Friden and onto the High Peak Trail.  Having viewed Site 12 at the junction of Green Lane and the course of the roman road, lunch was taken bathed in sunshine.  We were making good time which allowed us to  divert to The Jug and Glass on the A515 to wash down our sandwiches.

 

Refreshed, and still together as a group!, we retraced our steps to the High Peak Trail and to Parsley Hay where we crossed the A515 on to Long Rake  where the Lure of Arbor Low brought on another diversion. Bob Grayson kindly paid the admission fee for most of those present.

The remaining sites were visited before returning to our cars in Middleton a little earlier than anticipated.Then on to the George in Youlgrave for welcome sustenance and camaraderie.