The first walk of the summer season with Maureen and Chris from Leeds. It's going to be increasingly difficult this year to find walks in the Peak District that Maureen will be able to do and enjoy; that aren't too hilly, not too near to any deep water, don't have too many stiles, aren't too long, and have good conditions underfoot...and we need to park somewhere near public toilets and ideally be able to visit some more on the route.
I managed to find a suitable walk for today - visiting Chatsworth Park. I'd arranged to meet Maureen and Chris at Fox House at eleven o'clock this morning but got there over an hour early and so went for a wander on the moors.
We drove down to Rowsley, briefly stopping for an emergency toilet call at Baslow first though. Chris spent nearly half an hour getting ready in the car park at Rowsley, spending most of that time attempting to attach a pair of integral leggings onto the shorts that he was already wearing - finally he gave up after things were getting a bit fraught.
We set off and headed north towards Calton Lees, popping into the garden centre to use the toilets.
About a mile further on, walking in Chatsworth Park by now, we observed a white van being driven backwards at quite high speed for several hundred yards along the road. The reason, possibly, for this behaviour became evident as we crested the hill - there'd just been a serious road accident involving a group of cyclists.
We went inside the church at Edensor before continuing on to Chatsworth House.
The next stretch of today's walk was along the River Derwent to Beeley
We finished the walk by taking a footpath that comes out onto the road just north of Rowsley and then used the path that goes through the woods to the Peak Shopping Village, from where it was only a short walk back to the car.
I was dropped off at Baslow and only had to wait few minutes for the bus.