Day 8 Ringinglow to Baslow (17.1 miles)
After breakfast, courtesy of the aforementioned 'Pennys cars' I left the George having had a lovely breakfast in a sumptuous dining room.
I was soon back again at the junction in Ringinglow where I'd been picked up from the previous day. This was the start of my 7th day walking the boundary of the Peak district national park. To date I had covered 100.3 miles in total, according to my GPS. In honesty though some of, what might be termed 'unforced errors' had made that total larger than it should have been.I was heading for my next overnight stay an 18th century grade 2 listed B & B on the edge of Chatsworth park. The previous evening I had spoken to the owner who was away on 'grandparent duties' but made arrangements for me to access the place via a key code..
On leaving Ringinglow the route climbed for almost an hour to high, generally open moorland.. The climbs were long but gradual and the ground ideal for walking be it on bridleways, grass tracks or flagstone across softer ground. Much of the route was around 1400 feet affording lovely views.En route was a massive cairn at just under 400 metres, see picture 2.
The route then shifted from a southerly to an easterly direction through pretty woodland walking and across streams and fields of buttercups, fully opened in the afternoon sunshine.
I then walked along streams and eventually along Bircham edge a high crag where rock climbers were packing away their climbing gear.
The last half mile after reaching the busy A619. The overnight accommodation was at Healthy Lea which offers luxury farm yard stays not far from Baslow on the Chatsworth estate with access permitted to any part of the parkland via a gate from the accommodation. The accommodation was of a superb quality and almost on arrival I took a rest on the king size bed.
Because of the isolation of the place I took the precaution of picking up sandwiches etc in Hathersage and kept them in a cool bag in my ruck sack. I was happy I had as I was really hungry after arriving. I had a quiet relaxing night in, what was a beautiful room overlooking the beautiful parkkand.