Friday, September 30, 2016


Hiking near Cambridge and in the Peaks District

The first week we were in England we did a hike in Cambridgeshire and several more in the Peaks District. Trail descriptions in England are interesting. Plus the public right of ways are strange, just walk through a farmers field, his barnyard, or pasture pushing your way through cows and wondering by sheep. The scenery is nice, but the trails can be difficult.

Devil's Dyke in Cambridgeshire - an ancient defensive earthwork.

The trail starts in Reach. The book we bought says to start at the car park and pass a small playground. It is a very small village but we could not spot a car park with a nearby playground. We did eventually find it after circling the town several times.

The dyke was built about 1500 years ago and is still intact. Not sure about this gate, there were several. Just gates, no fences.

I guess the gates were to keep the sheep in or out of the area, but with no fence they wondered where ever they wanted.

The trail goes through several farmers fields. You enter the field through a stile and head straight across to the next stile.

Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire - a forest of ancient oak trees that are over 600 years old.

 The trail through the old oak tree.
 Major Oak - the branches have been supported for more then 200 years. The tree is approximately 1000 years old, the oldest in England.

Stanton Moor in Derbyshire in the Peaks district. This hike had a mix of terrains - pastures, a rock hill fort, moors, a stone circle, and picturesque villages.

We started the hike at a re-purposed phone booth. It now contains a Defibrillator and an emergency phone. Good use of the phone booth, but what does it say about the hike?

The trail takes off through pastures to reach the distant ridge line. We had to push our way through the cows crowding around one of the kissing gate stiles we went through.

 Robins Hood Stride - a rocky hill top with a fabulous view.

Woods on the edge of Stanton Moor. The moor was covered in heather in bloom.

Nine Ladies Stone Circle

 One of the buldings in the village of Stanton in Peak. 
Small camper van. I guess you can get any size to fit your parking spot and space is tight in England.

Malvern Hills in Worcestershire have wonderful views of the surrounding towns and countryside.

The highest point Worcestershire Beacon.

 Views along the ridge line of Malvern Hills

View of the countryside from the top of Malvern Hills.
Evening view of a bridge over the River Severn.

Upton on Severn - our campig spot was in the main car park along the River Severn.

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