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.
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.
Beautiful Hope Valley in all its glory.
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.
Some climbers at work.
I recorded the walk on my OutDoor GPS app.
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.
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.