OCTOBER 2018 – WALK EVERY DAY FOR A WEEK CHALLENGE – DAY 2

Sunday Longshaw walk was my choice for today’s challenge. More details about why I do this challenge here.

Longshaw Guided Walks

Longshaw National Trust guided walks take place  every Wednesday and Sunday from 11 am – 1.30pm. They are free. Meet up is outside the cafe. No booking is necessary, just turn up. Appropriate clothing and footwear are advisable. Read more about my walks around Longshaw here. 

Sunday Longshaw Walk

The walk started, as always, outside Longshaw’s cafe at 11 am. We then headed through the woods towards Toad’s Mouth, then across Winyards Nick and Over Owler Tor. We continued, via Millstone Edge, across Lawrence Field finally arriving back at Longshaw Cafe. It was a short, 3.4 mile walk and we were rewarded with fantastic sunny views over the Hope Valley. 

Sunday Longshaw Walk

Beautiful Hope Valley in all its glory. 

Sunday Longshaw walk

 

Sunday Longshaw walk

Lafarge Cement Works

Another view of Hope Valley with Lafarge cement works. Some people think it is an eyesore to the surrounding landscape of Peak District, some people like it. I quite like it from the distance, not sure from the close-up. Let’s not forget, that the Cement works have been here from the 1930s long before the Peak District National Park has been created in 1951.

It has its own railway line which carries all their end products and so there are no many lorries going through the beautiful countryside of the Peak District.  Cement works also provide job opportunities in the area. Furthermore, apparently, one of the older quarry sites has been converted to a nature reserve and is now managed by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. 

Sunday Longshaw walk

 

Sunday Longshaw Walk

Some climbers at work. 

Sunday Longshaw walk

 

Sunday Longshaw Walk

I recorded the walk on my OutDoor GPS app. 

 

Sunday Longshaw guided walk

 

Sunday Longshaw walk

Longshaw can get quite busy on weekends, especially if the weather is nice, as you can see in the photo below of Surprise View car park. At the moment, Longshaw is looking great. Autumn is my favourite season. I love the different colours of the trees. Magical.

Sunday Longshaw walk

Autumn Time

by Brenda Williams

The wind is playing autumn games

Through the gardens and the lanes.

Picking up, and swirling round

Leaves of orange, red and brown.

Gusting through each swaying tree,

Tossing apples till they’re free.

Shaking conkers till they drop

And open wide with prickly pop.

The wind is dancing full of fun,

Laughing in the autumn sun.

It tumbles acorns, fir cones, leaves,

To make a carpet under trees.

Sunday Longshaw Walk

 

Sunday Longshaw walk