Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset

Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset
Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset

Sunday, 15 May 2011


Well, back from the first trip away of the year, to Derbyshire, and specifically, the High Peaks area. There are many more places I wish I could have stopped and taken pictures, but either the weather or the terrain, or in some cases, both, conspired against me.


Ashford lies just off a main road and you only catch a glimpse of it unless you deliberately tuen into the village and stop to take a look
The prettiest spot is the Sheepwash Bridge.
It was originally a medieval packhorse bridge and it is only until recently, that sheep were washed here prior to shearing. The lambs would be penned within the stone-walled pen on one side of the river, whilst the mothers would be thrown in at the other side. They would naturally swim across to their offspring, thus ensuring a good soaking. The bridge has been closed to traffic for a number of years now.


Buxton is a spa town in Derbyshire, England. It has the highest elevation of any market town in England.Located close to the county boundary with Cheshire to the west and Staffordshire to the south, Buxton is described as "the gateway to the Peak District National Park". There are many pictures on the web of the beautiful buildings, but I spent a sunny couple of hours walking around the beautiful Pavillion Gardens, behind the Opera House


My husband's family originate in the Castleton/Hope/Edale area, so a visit to Castleton held specific interest for me, and sure enough, in the local museum in the Heritage Centre, I found a photogtaph of one of his ancestors.
From the North-East, you can, if you're brave enough, approach the town via the awesome Winnats Pass. This is a mile-long 'hole in the ground' which easily rivals the Cheddar Gorge in its' spectacle. The road is narrow, and drops down a 1 in 5 incline for its entire length. It is so bad, they attempted to bypass it with a new road, but due to its proximity to Mam Tor, the 'shivering mountain', the new road kept slipping and in the 1970s was abandoned to its fate.

The town itself is overlooked by the impressive ruin of Peveril Castle

Shortly after 1066, William The Conqueror started building castles all over the country and the one at Castleton was given to his son, William Peveril in 1086, and so became Peveril Castle. The keep was added later, in 1176. It never saw battle and was occupied as a dwelling until 1480. The village grew up under the protection of the castle.

Derwent Valley Mills Heritage Centre

In December 2001, the Derwent Valley Mills in Derbyshire became inscribed as a World Heritage Site. This international designation confirms the outstanding importance of the area as the birthplace of the factory system where in the 18th Century water power was successfully harnessed for textile production.
Stretching 15 miles down the river valley from Matlock Bath to Derby, the World Heritage Site contains a fascinating series of historic mill complexes, including some of the world's first 'modern' factories.


Eyam is one of the best-preserved villages in the vicinity and is the famous 'plague village', which went into voluntary quarantine when the plague was imported from London in 1665.

Every September, they roast a whole sheep in the centre of the village, to celebrate the survivors of the plague

The village stocks outside the old market hall

The unusual sundial on Eyam church

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