Magpie Mine & Lathkill Dale Walk - November 2nd

Posted 3/11/2019

Eight of DVWGs finest took part in a rewarding walk in the White Peak in persistent rain.

Starting from Over Haddon walking along footpaths onto Bole Hill and passing the remnants of Magshaw Mine before walking a further mile to the Magpie Mine, where we were rewarded with a magnificent site which is worth our f further exploration.

Some more walking across field paths saw us emerge in Monyash where we stopped for some liquid refreshment at The Bulls Head, where some of our party took the opportunity for a clandestine lunch.

Retracing our steps our of the village we reached Beresford Dale which was in an awful condition with plenty of boot top mud.

We entered Lathkill Dale and walked it’s full length back to Over Haddon. The Dale looked magnificent in autumn colours, the fast flowing wiers added to the view.

Walking across the Dale Andrea took an awkward tumble, which could have been mistaken for either praying to Mecca or kneeling on the banks of the Ganges. Certainly Andrea was lucky to finish the walk, as Audrey had made several attempts to impale her with her walking pole during the day.

A tough ascent back into Over Haddon meant the end of our 9.6 miles walk which we had duly squelched round.

A beer at the Lathkill Hotel which overlooks the dale was reward for our party of eight. Well done to everyone.

A great walk, which we should repeat, hopefully in better weather.