Walk 05/2012 – Pilsbury Castle

Sunday 26th February 2012

Up and about by 7am, most of us found it difficult to summon up any motivation, following the previous evening’s meal. Barbara did put the ladies to shame and was up, dressed and had explored the hostel before the remaining ladies had awoken.

The hostel – a 17thC manor house, was formerly built and owned by the Bateman family and is a real jewel of a hostel.

We had agreed to only have a short walk today, due to the journey home and having to go to work on Monday!

The most interesting point was probably the site of Pilsbury Castle. The remains of this Norman ruin have excellent views northwards of the River Dove. Crossing from Derbyshire into Staffordshire and back, the route climbed quite steeply across pastures, roads and fields before crossing the river to reach Hartington.

Having already checked out, a quick visit to the cheese shop, and then homeward bound after a thoroughly enjoyable weekend with the weather being very kind to us for the time of year.

Report – Sue

Pictures – Alan

Walk rating – Very Good

The Dove valley.
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Pilsbury Castle.
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View from Pilsbury Castle.
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Putting on the style!
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One of the most bizarre things we have seen on a walk.
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We stop for lunch overlooking the Dove valley.
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A view across the valley.
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