Vorsprung durch Technik counts for nothing as far as the dog is concerned. Having now replaced our increasingly unreliable Peugot he is no happier with our new model and sulked on todays trip down to see family in Derbyshire. Once there though, we all enjoyed a 4 to 5 mile stroll through some of the finest scenery that the County has to offer.
Our walk began in Ashford in the Water, close to Bakewell. Taking the road out towards Monsal a well signed path on the right took us through farmland, across the busy Monsal Trail and to the small village of Little Longstone. Here, we enjoyed the great views down Monsal Dale and viaduct far below before heading to the dog friendly Stables Bar of the Monsal Head Hotel to get some lunch. Unfortunately, there were plenty of others with the same idea and with nowhere inside to sit, and some ominous clouds overhead, we were not brave enough to risk a spot of alfresco dining and opted for a quick drink instead.
Our route back to Ashford was well signed and a series of walled paths provided a chance for the dog to have a good run off the lead, meeting a few likeminded four legged friends along the way.
A nice walk but lots of stone stiles en route might cause problems for the less agile. Having said that, the dog was able to get over all of them without being lifted and, for once, was relatively clean and dry when we reached the car. We'll definately return for a wander through Monsal Dale itself.
Doggy rating 6/10
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