The second day of our trip to Derbyshire saw the Boys and I tackle a mountain – or so they thought. We drove, with sister Tracey and her two kids to the gorgeous limestone uplands on the border between Derbyshire and Staffordshire defined by the Derbyshire River Dove.
Just on the Derbyshire side at Glutton Bridge is the stunning steep-sided outcrop of Parkhouse Hill, known in our family as The Dragon’s Back. Although the Boys have always had a good dose of country experience, provided by the Boat or closer to home (in N. London) by Hampstead Heath, this was to be their induction to hill walking Derbyshire-style.
The walk was an ideal introduction to hill walking for the Boys having everything you’d want from a walk, but in a short and manageable distance. Steep clambers, ridge walking, challenging descents, sheer drops, stunning views, lush water meadows and fast flowing streams etc.
It was a cracking good morning outdoors. And the Boys never complained once. I was proud of my city Boys!