Sunday, 6 January 2019

New Year at Hartington Youth Hostel. Day 1

New Year's Day saw us heading along the M180 from Grimsby and then south along the M18 and M1 before taking to more rural roads through Derbyshire to Hartington Hall where we met up with my brother and his wife for our usual New Year break at the youth hostel.  We find this really relaxing; no one has to cater and the cars stay in the car park as we do the usual walks from the hostel each year.  The biggest decision we have to make is do we tackle them clockwise or anti clockwise.

Our first walk took us up a green lane where we had to make way for a couple of 4x4s.  The weather on this first day was kind to us with some blue skies and winter sun.  The climb up the green lane gave us excellent views back towards Hartington village before descending to the road.  A short stretch along the road brought us to a stile and then steeply up to a farm and over fields to the old railway line, now the Tissington Trail.  We were pleasantly surprised by how dry everywhere was, in fact later in the week we were to comment that the terrain was the driest we have ever known.

A flat section along the trail took us to Hartington Station before following field paths to the hamlet of of Heathcote where the pond is always worth a photograph.  All that remained now was a short road section back to the hostel with wonderful sunset skies.

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