Derbyshire Dales

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
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Trip End Oct 01, 2012


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Friday, July 27, 2012

The Derbyshire Dales- Picturesque villages, bustling market towns, historic houses and gardens, stunning scenery make up the Derbyshire Dales. Part of the Peak district, the landscape ranges from gentle limestone dales to dramatic rocky outcrops and heather moorlands Many visitors to the Derbyshire Dales district just  wander around , we did likewise . Some of the prettiest places were built by wealthy families and have remained in the same ownership for generations. Others owe their growth to the lead mining industry during the 17th and 18th century. The township of Wirksworth was once the centre of Derbyshire's lead mining industry. Today it is still an intriguing town to explore with lots of narrow alleys and lanes and of course the historic buildings and the never ending shops. The township itself is bustling with tourists and almost seems full to capacity and could possibly not take anymore. All the same it retains its identity .  We decided to get of the main roads for a bit and came across all sorts of little hamlets. Fun to drive through , although once again we often wondered if we would end up anywhere or just someones farm. We arrived at a little place called Carsington, population probably 50 if you are lucky. Nothing much special about it but it was lunch time and there was a pub there. Had a little wander around, came across the local primary school, built centuries ago and still is used as a school today. Could not ask how many pupils atend the school as it is summer holidays now and the school was closed.
After a light lunch it was time to leave and go back to Charlie. We will drive into town this evening to buy some fish and chips. They have got the best fish and chips here, we tried some last year and cannot leave here without another round. Rick will probably have mushy peas with his again, he cannot pass that one up.
Very pleasant day today, easy going as well. On the road to the Lake District tomorrow.
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