|Walk:||Cales Dale, Fern Dale, Lathkill Dale, Meadow Place Grange, Moor Lane|
|Start Point:||Lay-by on Moor Lane||Grid Reference:||SK 193 645|
|Distance:||8.5 miles||Ascent:||860 feet|
|Weather:||Sunny and hot|
Lathkill Dale is one of the country's finest limestone valleys and having done it many years ago I had always wanted to do it again.
Early purple orchid
The climb out of Cales Dale . . .
is quite a gradual one
Taking a closer look inside an archway . . .
we are surprised to find Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus
Pat relaxes at our elevenses stop
Heading into Lathkill Dale . . .
the terrain changes constantly . . .
and there is a feast of new growth . . .
of various shape and colour
I loved the play of light and shade
Further down the Dale . . .
as the path . . .
and surrounds . . .
continue to change
Looking back up the Dale
Near the entrance to the cave . . .
the water starts to emerge . . . .
making its own way . . .
growing in size . . .
to flow beneath the footbridge
As it becomes wider . . .
we spot a lone duck
First waterfall in the Dale
The mill dam . . .
parts the water . . .
which eventually reaches a picturesque bridge
Double headed cow?!?!