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Mable's Peak District Tale

Mable’s Tale: Peak District Walks in all their doggy glory.


By way of introduction, Mable is my nine year old white boxer, my constant companion and is also my co-worker at Peak District Online. As a "working dog", she happily offers her services as receptionist within our offices in Great Hucklow, welcoming post man, sandwich man and visitor alike. At play, she enjoys nothing more than a generous walk, followed by a generous meal, followed by a very long snooze. She is a dog of simple tastes, hence we get on fabulously.


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Originally, like me, she was born in the North East of England – she’s a Jarrow lass - though I like to think she has lost her accent and her black and white football allegiance, having moved with me to South Yorkshire, as a pup.  She has actually spent the vast majority of her life in the Peak District, living initially in Eyam, but now resides in Tideswell


Being an old fashioned gal, she has a docked tail and as her “little stump” has always been one of the most active parts of her I thought it would be a great idea to link her back to her missing appendage –hence Mable’sTale - allowing me to relay her many tales of walks past and present, all of which she has loved, for one reason or another, and all of which I have enjoyed with her. I also hope that others could also benefit from them, too.


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Mable’s energy used to have no bounds, as is true of all young dogs, and especially boxers. I like to think that boxers were the original “Tigger” as bouncing was a constant in her youth, as was her innocent over exuberance. Of late she hasn’t been in the best of health and she isn’t as active as she once was, but she still enjoys being out and about, especially when water is involved or mud and sticks! She loves everyone she meets, the smaller the better and enjoys the opportunity to catch up with other canines – nothing better than a bit of doggy bonding!
All of the walks detailed here have been done by the pair of us. We are not “proper walkers” we are more your average stroller so most of the walks take a maximum of three hours but will require walking boots /strong shoes, and as they are set in the Peak District, should be taken with a range of clothing that allows for weather ranging from sleet, to hale, wind, rain and stunning glorious sunshine! (Actually a raincoat tends to suffice on most occasions, as an easy to carry extra)


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The Peak District, as you will see in later pages, has some fabulous and exciting walks through valleys, across moors and around villages – so much to do and see and all without costing a penny – you can’t say that of many activities, nowadays, can you? The whole countryside is littered with footpaths across fields and through woodland and the Peak District walker does get to see so much more than any driver, seeing all the stunning views of the first British National Park.
Mable and I generally prefer the circular walks - ones where you can park your car, and walk back to it. As mentioned earlier, we do generally keep within two to three hour time frame, finding that this is long enough for a weekend afternoon. We enjoy walking on our own but better still, we love meeting up with friends and their dogs and rambling off for a bit of exercise, fresh air and some juicy gossip and chat – bettered again only when there is a tea room (or pub) at the end of it!
Our intention here is to detail some walks that Mable and I have done and show some of the fabulous views that form part of them, in the hope that they will give you ideas for your walks when visiting the Peak District, one of the most stunning places in the United Kingdom.
It will be added to weekly, so do keep checking – you may find one that is of interest to you.

Mable goes trailing around Bakewell Time taken – 1 1/4 hours There are times when you just want an easy walk and sometimes you can step out your front door and make the most of the lovely Peak District countryside that we live in or you can choose to venture further afield for some different scenery, but equally unchallenging strolling. This is one of those walks and if you find yourself in the market town of Bakewell wearing sensible shoes, with an hour or so to kill, this is the walk for you. We found ourselves...
A Bakewell walk - Peak District Walks
Walk above Hope from the Cheshire Cheese Inn – Peak District Walks Time taken: 2 hours This makes for a great walk at any time of year but the pub at end always makes me feel that it should be winter as the Cheshire Cheese is an old, cosy, warm and friendly traditional style pub that lends itself to drinks by the roaring fire and eating hot meals or snacks with friends. That said, we walked this on a bright sunny summer’s day and still enjoyed it, finishing with a lager and packet of crisps before setting off home! The...
A walk above Hope - Peak District Walks
Mable whets her appetite in Ashord in the Water Time taken 1 ½ hours Ashford is not a place that I knew very well until a couple of summers ago when I was asked to partake in a treasure trail around the village, as part of Grindleford’s carnival week. Mable and I had only ever used it as a thorough fare to Bakewell, as it stands so close. After the treasure hunt I decided that it was time that I introduced Mable to its quaint beauty and Peak District charm, so came back to the village and came upon this walk that uses...
Ashford in the Water via Great Longstone - Peak District Walks
Mable finds the water in Ashford from Bakewell Time take – 2.5 hours This walk takes in the lovely Peak District village of Ashford in the Water which in itself is worth spending time walking around, as it has plenty of charm and character. Even though I drive through it often on the way to Bakewell, until last year I didn’t know how quaint it was or how far it extended. I discovered its charm when taking part in a Grindleford treasure hunt and spent an early summer evening investigating its nooks and crannies. Mable...
Bakewell via Ashford - Peak District Walks
Mable the Duchess at Chatsworth Time taken 3 hours A few years ago, in a moment of madness I agreed to take part with friends in the Grindleford Gallop, a near marathon of walking (or running if you are really mad!) that takes you throughout the Hope Valley and into Chatsworth's Park. It is a great Peak District event, in fairness, in aid of Grindleford Primary School, but I have never forgiven it for giving me a bruised toe! I also didn’t fully enjoy it as I find walking without a dog, odd. To me, walking should always be...
Bakewell,Beeley and Chatsworth - Peak Distirct Walks
Mable meets her Waterloo at Biggin via Hartington Time taken 2 ¼ hours This was a walk inspired by a Peak District Online client, or at least his premises, as having seen his Christmas advert I decided to take myself (and Mable) off to the dark side to find out where his hotel was and was not disappointed. Having nosed around for Biggin Hall I decided that we would make a walk of it and proceeded to have a lovely afternoon tromping in winter sunshine, with her who rarely really obeys! It was very cold and icy but mainly dry...
Biggin via Hartington - Peak District Walks
Mable’s trip to Abney Time taken 3 hours Being a Peak District resident of Tideswell and a worker in Great Hucklow, with friends in Foolow, and also being an ex- resident of Eyam, Mable is very familiar with this walk having taken it on many a spring or autumn weekend afternoon. It is a walk that can be started in Great Hucklow, Foolow or at Bretton, by The Barrel, depending on your inclination and the difference is merely time – it’s always a great walk, from whatever starying point, with constantly changing...
Bretton to Abney - Peak District Walks
Calver to Calver – via Froggat, Time taken 1 1/2 Hours This is a walk that really starts in a simple cow field, after the caravan site, but with a massive WOW factor. This walk has the majestic back drop of Froggatt and Curbar edge’s, something that when I remember to look up always leaves fills me with amazement and awe!     The walk actually starts at Calver Mill, walking through the camp site into the fields, with the river to the right.  You walk across the field, to the...
Calver via Froggatt - Peak District Walks
Mable takes on Castleton and Mam Tor Time taken: 2 hours This is a walk which starts with a walk, if you know what I mean. It is one that requires Mable and I to drive and park up in Castleton, which, depending on time of the day; week; year, is not always an easy feat! Castleton is a fabulous Peak District village, quite often bustling with visitors but always quaint and well worth a visit especially when combined with a country walk around it. If it wasn’t for the fact that Mable doesn’t get on with shoppers...
Castleton via Mam Tor - Peak District Walks
Time taken – 2- 2.5 hours Mable ventures forth to Eyam and Stoney Middleton This is a great walk as not only is it circular, but you have the options of two friendly tea rooms and a pub, The Miners Arms, to choose from when considering a touch of sustenance at the end. It also takes you past some of the historic features that Eyam and its surrounds are justly famous for. Your starting point is the centre of Eyam, near Peak Pantry and the Eyam Tea rooms, to enable you to walk up The Lydgate, past Rose and Fossil Cottage and the...
Eyam via Stoney Middleton - Peak District Walks
Mable journeys from Foolow To Eyam Time Taken – 2 hours I love this almost linear walk and Mable and I have done it on many occasions, in both directions, being ex-Eyam residents and with our best friends living in Foolow. Its gentle and easy yet still scenic, offering some gorgeous Peak District views up to Bretton and across to Wardlow and Cressbrook Dale , as you progress in both directions. It is also nearly all off road, apart from the very start and finish, in Foolow, so Mable can spend the majority of it off lead...
Foolow to Eyam - Peak District Walks
Mable finds another route to Eyam from Foolow, via Bretton Time taken – 2 hours This is yet another walk that starts in the Peak District village of Foolow and when accompanied by her best friends is one that Mable enjoys to the full. There is a lot of road walking, I am afraid, but the roads are generally quiet and so long as you take care I have found that the dogs can meander off the lead, quite safely for most of it. Starting in Foolow, just follow the road up to The Barrel at Bretton. This is the main...
Foolow to Eyam, via Bretton - Peak District Walks
Mable attempts Froggatt Edge via Curbar Time taken - 4 hours Of the walks we tend to do together now, this has probably been the most challenging for Mable as there is an element of uphill walking involved, initially, and whilst she was as fit and flighty as a flea in her youth, she has struggled in the last few years with general health problems that now limit the amount of exercise she can partake in. Apart from the incline at the start, however, the majority of the walk is quite level and easy but it was just a little too long...
Froggat Edge via Curbar - Peak District Walks
Time taken: 1 ½ hours. Mable travels to Great Hucklow and Foolow This walk starts at Mable’s village of work, not far from the Queen Anne pub in Great Hucklow . It’s mainly a gentle stroll across farm tracks, but allows you to take in some great views and has the potential for spotting gliders above Abney’s gliding club. It is a local walk for us, well worn, but never boring as there is plenty of wildlife to watch out for and at this time of year, early summer, there is so much bird song that it can be...
Great Hucklow via Foolow- Peak District Walks
3 hours - Mable journeys from Grindleford via Froggatt. This walk starts at Grindleford Bridge, on the north side of the Peak District National Park, though Mable and I have also been very daring on occasions, and started at Froggatt , which is equally as accessible! Walking passed the traffic lights, over Grindleford Bridge as if heading to the railway station, you will find a small wooden gate on the right hand side which, surprisingly starts the walk in a sheep meadow.This field quite often contains sheep tups, which I...
Grindleford via Froggatt - Peak District Walks
Mable meanders from Grindleford to Hathersage Time taken - 3 hours This walk, from Grindleford out to Hathersage and back, in its various forms, has been a long time summer favourite for Mable, in her menu of Peak District walks, as half of it is taken alongside her favourite natural element – water! The River Derwent runs through Grindleford on the north edge of the Peak District,  and as it is mostly shallow and slow running, has been a great play pool for her on hot days, high days and holidays. Many walk has...
Grindleford via Hathersage - Peak District Walks
Mable walks from Hathersage to Abney – Peak District Walks Time taken 21/2 Hours We have done quite a few walks in our time that take in both Hathersage and Abney as both represent places close to home where we have friends to visit and have been familiar with for a number of years. This walk is not an adventure for us but it does offer some lovely walking and some great scenery. It is gentle yet still makes you feel satisfied when you have completed it. I have started this walk and detailed it from the...
Hathersage to Abney - Peak District Walks
Mable returns to old pastures on Stanage Edge via Hathersage Time taken: 3.5 hours This is a Peak District walk I have wanted to do for some time after seeing the millstone grit escarpment, at Stanage Edge, in a Pride and Prejudice film.  I cannot say I have ever seen Mr Darcy’s “Pemberley” from the top, but when previously a Sheffield resident I have, with Mable, quite often scared myself silly when looking over the Edge at the climbers who congregate to climb its craggy face. As ex- city...
Hathersage to Stanage Edge - Peak District Walks
Mable sees that Hope springs eternal as she ventures to Castleton. Time taken 1. 5 - 2 Hours This is a walk of two halves for me, one half on the outward section, shows the full glory of nature and the splendours of the some of the finest scenery in the Peak District. The second inward stretch shows some fine scenery but also shows how man can, out of human necessity, create a complete blot on a landscape – building, as Prince Charles once said, a “monstrous carbuncle”, this time in the form of Hope Cement...
Hope to Castleton - Peak District Walks
2 1/2 hours Mable savours Cressbrook Dale and Litton This to me is a special local walk as it takes in some scenery that I have been in awe of since moving to the Peak District. It takes in the beautiful Cressbrook Dale with its magnificent limestone walls and outcrops plus the majestic Peters Stone, so named due to its resemblance to St Peter’s Basilica, standing proudly at one end, near Wardlow Mires.   Peter’s Stone is infamous as it stands within The Gibbet Field where the last gibbeting...
Litton via Cressbrook Dale - Peak District Walks
Mable takes on Peak District Reservoirs Time taken 31/2 hours This is a walk we took last summer on an initially drizzly weekend morning, starting at Low Bradfield having made a visit to watch the rowers at Dam Flask reservoir. I had only intended to pop down and maybe walk around the reservoir, but as the weather improved I count not resist the opportunity to take in more of this lovely quite unspoilt part of the Peak District, on the outskirts of Sheffield. Dam Flask plays home to Sheffield’s University Rowing Club as...
Low Bradfield via Strines Moor - Peak District Walks
Mable’s Excursion to Darley Bridge from Rowsley Time Taken 3 hours We fell upon this walk by mistake I have to admit; as having walked from Bakewell to Beeley and Chatsworth some weeks prior I wondered at the time where we would end up if we walked over to Stanton, which was one of the views seen on the previous walk. Living in Tideswell and spending much time in the Hope Valley, I do tend to spend most walks within this area and am not as adventurous as I should be, given the unmistakable beauty of the Peak...
Rowsley via Darley Bridge - Peak District Walks
Mable goes Over Haddon Time taken 1 ½ hours I was convinced by a friend to do this walk as she said it offered some of the loveliest Peak District scenery she has seen and until I stood outside of the Lathkil Hotel and admired the view whilst getting ready to start. I had thought that she was exaggerating – even Mable was taken in, I am sure, with the stunning beauty of this old agricultural landscape - although that might have just been the anticipation of the fine winter walk to come, with extra canine company! We...
Surrounding Over Haddon - Peak District Walks
Tideswell to Tideswell via Wheston -Mable's view Time taken:  1 1/2 hour This walk to me is home to home, it’s a local walk for us and one that makes me realise how lucky we are; how lucky we are to be able to step out from our door step and walk into pure Peak District National Park country beauty and onto the Pennine Bridleway. If you start this walk from the centre of Tideswell, from the Church square you head off towards Manchester Road, , which if you follow the main road round leads off to the left, passed Market...
Tideswell via Wheston - Peak District Walks
Mable takes on the world of Wyedale and Cheedale with friends Time taken: 4 Hours This is one of the few walks that Mable and I have taken that was meticulously planned. I do have to say I had no part in the planning other than confirming where to meet, what lunch to bring and what I would wear. It was planned by a friend and colleague at Peak District Online and was aimed to get a group of us, and our dogs, together one Saturday in late Autumn 2010 for a romp through the beautiful Dales of the Peak District. It turned out to...
Wyedale, Cheedale and onto the Monsal Trail
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