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The Peak District - A walk from Castleton to Hope with Sheila and Philip Morris

"Our third Friday visit to the Peak District. We meet one of the horses

on Spring House Farm, where we were staying, before setting out on a

short walk through the Hope Valley to the village of Hope. After a

warming cup of coffee and a toasted tea cake in the village of Hope, we

look at the Saxon cross in the churchyard before returning to Castleton

on the other side of the valley. We pass the Hope Cement Works which is

such a prominent landmark in the area."

This was another lovely trip and what a lot to learn about. I too had thought those flat circular stones were mill stones and amazing to think they were a part of the industrial history.

The cement works like ours here stands out so clearly and seems gigantic at certain places in the countryside. yet as you walked it did seem to sometimes retreat from such prominence and maybe even from view all too together. I bet it makes some dust! We certainly suffer from dust from our cement works here at The Rectory. It makes for onerous cleaning!

But also industry is so important now for manufacture but also good and local employment too.

Hope village looked interesting as well and I found some information to add to Sheila's.

"The pretty village of Hope is situated where the River Noe and Peakshole Water meet, and has a range of hills to the north including Win Hill and Losehill. Hope village was mentioned in the Doomsday book as having both a priest and a church and the present church, dedicated to St Peter dates from around the 13th century and is famous for it's gargoyles, a Norman font and there is the stump of a Saxon Cross in the churchyard.

The village has a selection of cafes and pubs and has local greengrocers and a deli as well as farmers butchers and gallery. The town has an annual beer festival, well dressing and other events. There is a large campsite in the village and 4 star Spa hotel on its outskirts.

Just outside Hope, in the village of Brough, is the remains of the Roman Fort of Navio."

There is so much to do in this area and especially if you are into your outdoor pursuits. Have Sheila and Philip explored any caves on their travels or perhaps they are not your cup of tea.

Thank you both again and we do so look forward to next week and more adventures in the British countryside.

Tyann sent this out during the week. It is great! Straight from The Church Times I believe. It is part of the Archbishop of York's Easter sermon.

"God's door is always open. The kettle is always on. The beers are in the fridge.

The champagne on ice. And someone has been sent out with a very large order for curry.

God is scanning the horizon for our return."

It is good, isn't it?

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