Taddington, 5th June 2016

Well, most of you missed a treat today on Paul's walk up hills and down dales in glorious sunshine. The walk included some of the most dramatic limestone gorge walking in Derbyshire as well as tracks across the high limestone countryside above the Wye Valley.  Here are some photographs followed by an analysis of the walk at the end.
The start - St Michael & All Angels, Taddington
Taddington Village

Descent towards the Wye Valley

Above Monsal Dale in Brushfield CP

Tracks above Monsal Dale
Cressbrook Mill
Bridge on the River Wye

Limestone gorge on River Wye

Wild garlic in Cressbrook Dale

Tansley Dale

Flora and fauna in Tansley Dale

Lunch overlooking Litton Dale, Tideswell in the distance

River Wye

Last hill out of High Dale

And now for some statistics!
The route was a bit hilly to say the least, with 692 m of height gained over the 18.2 km (11.3 mile) route.
Interestingly, the walking speed did not vary that much (from about 3 to 4 km/h) with slope, up or down, it was just the effort required that changed!