Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Beware of the Lion!!

On Saturday, we found ourselves with a free day - no plans - so we decided to go walking out into Matlock (where I could so easily live!).  We found a nice walk on the internet and drove out through Sheffield to this gorgeous little Peak District town.

 The walk was listed as being fairly hilly, but I hadn't realised that 5 of the 5.5 miles was UP very very steep hills, and only the last half mile was actually DOWN hill!!!

 Any one that has ever visited the Heights of Abraham will appreciate how steep the climb is - sane people take the transport up!

 Once at the Heights Cafe (for a spot of lunch and a gander at the marvellous view) I thought that was the climbing over, but no, the hills kept on coming!

 I slowed down the climbing by photographing loads of unusual fungi - this looked like sticky toffee!

 The walk led us to discover the gorgeous little village of Bonsall.  I didn't know this place existed, but we shall certainly return for more exploration.  It's a fascinating place.

 We popped into the pub for quick refreshment - The Barley Mow is the best little pub on earth!!
 Apparantly one night per week they have French lessons - I think the landlady is French.
 And I loved the mural in the ladies loo.
 But hubby doesn't let me sit for too long, and we were soon off again.  More fungi.....

 And fabulous village map....

 Finally, on our descent, hubby spotted a Lion in our path - can you see it?
 It was actually just the bracken but it really did look like a Lion, and hubby reminded me that Riber Castle nearby used to be a Zoo!
We haven't walked on our own much since we joined the walking group, so it made a change to walk and actually talk to each other.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Sheffield Street Art

I forgot to show you the art that was on display at Castle House recently.  
Some of the installations were huge and painted by some of Sheffields Street Artists.  My favourite was by Rocket01 who decorates our Sheffield streets so well.  I believe that this piece depicts Mother Nature as a bit of a Femme Fatale.  It was decorated with real plants - of the fly trap variety.  I loved it,  the colours were beautiful.

It's such a great idea.

I also loved the huge mural by Phlegm
So much detail.

I loved the art that they had made from thermal imaging.  This is the City Hall
And the Town Hall

In Sheffield, we hold the national archive for Fairgrounds.  You could dress up and have your photograph taken - it looked like fun.
This piece didn't photograph well, and to start with we didn't get it.  But after speaking to the artist, we totally got it.  His piece was about perspective and he had hung pieces together that you could make out what words they spelt when you were stood on the exact spot outside.

I hope others spotted it as they walked on by.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The Snake Pass walk

Our latest walk with the walking group took us to an are we know very well, but on a walk we had never done.  We met at the Snake Pass Inn on the very hilly road which runs between Sheffield and Manchester.

We drove through some weird banks of mist on our way there and worried that we might not get very good views on our walk.

But the area where we strode out from was crystal clear - a perfect walking day.
It soon became apparent  that the views were going to be quite spectacular on this walk.

Can you believe that this place is less than half an hours drive from both Sheffield or Manchester city centre?  We are constantly reminded just what a stunning landscape we have on our doorstep.

I was worried that at some stage we would have to do a spot of up hill walking, and I didn't like the look of those steep slopes, but to my deep joy, we didn't have to climb at all!

This steady walk landed us slap bang in the middle of the Pennine range with some of the most stunning views I have ever seen - my photographs do not do the views justice.
Hubby declared that he had just found his newest favourite place as we stood taking in the stunning scenery 360 degrees all around us.
Don't I just look as if I know what I am doing with that map!!  But I was just holding it for our group leader whilst he took the photo!

The last leg of our walk took us through a very dramatic plantation wood.  We all commented that it could have been the set on a Harry Potter film - it was so dramatic!

The walk was 9.1 miles in length and I was OK for the most of it, but the last .1 was a killer!  Once again another stunning and thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a Saturday - keeping we ladies out of the shops (as we always say!!!) .