Day 15 from Wood Lanes back for an overnight stay in Buxton (16.1 miles)
Exactly two weeks after setting off I started my last days walk that would finish with an overnight stay where I had started the delightful Grosvenor house in Buxton. I got my taxi back from the Hollin country hotel after breakfast. Lovely place but like many hotels they had a toaster that delivers no more than hot bread. Another hotel irritation key cards that only work if you don't have it near another credit or cash card or mobile phone....essentially if you have the damn thing in your pocket! Shortly after being dropped at the Miners arms I was back on the trail walking in the sunshine for half a mile along the pretty towpath of the Macclesfield canal.
On such a lovely spring day I was really enjoying the start of this walk but the route crossed the canal and started ascending to high moorland grassland. There were many stiles to cross as I moved through the national park with peaty wet spots few and far between and easy to circumnavigate and keep boots dry. There was lots of verdant hill walking until I descended into National Trust owned Lyme park, busy on such a sunny day with tourists. In anticipation of a steep 1200 foot moorland climb from the estate I took an early tea break by the lake there.
The climb from the lake was tiring but the ground dry and the grass verdant. There was a great deal of hill walking and some lovely woodland sections.
There was also some nice sections walking along the edge of reservoirs and a good deal of crossing a variety of streams and small waterfalls. There is something very attractive about fast flowing streams especially on sunny days.
As I reached 'journeys end' Buxton came into view but to reach it I went through the golf course interesting designed by Alister McKenzie who also designed the Augusta course in the USA.I crossed the Pavilion park to reach the Grosvenor and a lovely room overlooking the park. After bath it was time to revisit the same Chinese restaurant I first went to two weeks before. A delicious meal had and I really love Tsingtao Chinese beer so my efforts duly rewarded.