For our annual Easter walking holiday (known as Polo’s holiday, my black lab) we went to the Peak District, more specifically Longnor in Buxton. We stayed in a fantastic converted farm house with the most wonderful 360o panoramic views of the surrounding area. Every day we were lucky with crisp fresh air, blue sky and fluffy white clouds, although it was admittedly pretty windy at times and I sincerely regretted leaving my ear muffs at home. As a family we have travelled around the UK each Easter since I was born and I have always had a great time.
Longnor itself was a tiny town, with the usual pub, tea room, cottages and church and then houses/farms scattered miles apart, but quite nearby was a town called Crowdicote, which boasted a lovely pub called the Pack Horse Inn. Here we had a very delightful home cooked meal while sitting next to a traditional wood burning fire. On our holidays we always love to explore different places every day. Our first visit was to Duxford Reservoir, famous for its links to WWII as a practice site for the ‘Bouncing Bomb’. It was an area of spectacular views and ever lasting woodland, as well as a stream from the giant reservoir perfect for Polo and his love of swimming!
Another treat was a visit to Bakewell, the town famous for its Bakewell tarts, delicious! Before visiting here however we walked along an abandoned railway embankment in Hulme End – Hartington, leftover from the removal of hundreds of minor railways over the country in the 1960’s. There are many of these scattered over the Pennines when railway links were part of the landscape. Now they are forgotten havens for the wildlife.
Now my older sisters are living elsewhere, big family holidays are seldom, but this year one of my sisters and partner were able to join us half way through for a holiday from the busy life in the City of London. With them we visited Erwood Reservoir where we enjoyed some long walks, more ruins and more history. Later in the trip we visited to town of Eyam and Eyam Hall. Although it was disappointing that there were few walks for dogs in the area, we did enjoy a short one around the town, which involved the discovery of some Alpaca; they were really were a hilarious sight!
An unusual visit, but something I’ve always wanted to do, was to Jodrel Bank in Lower Withington, Cheshire. After paying a reasonable entry fee we were able to explore the exhibit area, much like a mini museum, and walk around the entire telescope that really blew me away with its enormity. It really was quite unfathomable how man could make such a machine!
The area of Buxton itself also proved to provide some enjoyable discoveries. Buxton Country Park included the ruins of a folly called Soloman’s Temple, at the top of a peak with more spectacular views of the Peak District. Also here we explored Poole’s Cavern, some metres below the peaks, a fantastic cave formation formed from the natural water flow from the peaks. Armed with small torches we descended into the depths of the earth seeing various stalactites and stalagmites and hearing to the thundering water as it made its way through the underground tunnels.
My trip to Buxton was lovely, as are all my Easter holidays, exploring as many areas as possible, enjoying scenic walks and lovely local food. I sincerely recommend it to any one looking for a lovely country getaway in a stunning area of the UK.