High Level Dovedale

Sunday 18th April 2021

A bright spring day saw two groups heading for scenic Dove Dale. While most people got there without any problem, James ended up heading for the wrong meeting point, and we trust him with the navigation?

The walk started with an ascent of Thorpe Cloud, which certainly got the blood moving, at the top we were treated to a great view of the surrounding countryside and all of the people heading into the car park. This week Ray turned his attention on to Janet, with the apparent aim of seeing how many times he could wind her up. He scored a couple of early victories with the Dovedale “golf course” and the fact that Thorpe Cloud used to be four feet higher than it is now due to erosion!

We then passed the stepping stones and endured the crowds until we reached Lover’s Leap where the High Level part of the walk began and the crowds ended. A steady climb out of the dale returned us to the views and we stopped at the top for coffee. As we moved off we met the other group of Andy, Judith, Neville, and Alexandra, much to the delight of George the dog.

We continued around the tops until dropping down into Milldale for lunch, beside the River Dove, where Ray was frustrated in his efforts to buy an ice cream by the length of the queue. After lunch it was back onto the tops before using Hall Dale to get back into the main dale, before guess what?, climbing back out of it again. We knew this would be a tough climb because the signpost even said so! Finally we went around Bunster Hill before getting back to the car park where Ray did get his ice cream (along with James and Paul).

Report by Paul

Walk rating – Very Good.

Pictures - Ray

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Ray spotted this six-legged sheep.

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Pictures by Alexandra

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