Walk Number 2,324:-
Thursday saw me parking at "The Red Lion" by Stone Edge, three miles to the south east of Chesterfield. Just outside the Peak District National Park, this is an area that doesn't attract many ramblers. The walk took me three hours and included the oldest industrial chimney in England and the evocative stone ruins of an abandoned farm on Hunger Hill. The air was chilly with a brisk breeze from the north west. When I got back to "The Red Lion", the friendly barmaid directed me to a roaring log fire and told me she'd bring my drink and potato crisps over to me while I thumbed through the current copy of "Derbyshire Life" - sitting in a wing-backed armchair like the lord of the manor but with cow-shit on my trews thanks to the bovine quagmire I had waded through at Dryhurst Farm. Yeeuch!
|Sandhill Farm at Stone Edge|
|The ruined farm on Hunger Hill|
|Ruins of the old farmhouse...if only they could speak.|
|View from the ruins to Cathole Farm|
|Feeling horny - a highland cow at Peasunhurst|
|The entrance to Alicehead Farm|
|Sugar beet at Alicehead|
|The lead-smelting chimney at Stone Edge. The oldest standing|
industrial chimney in England though the smelting works
closed as long ago as 1860.