LEJOG Day 28 – Ashbourne to Youlgreave 17.57 miles. Cumulative 515.40 miles

A relaxing evening at Callow Top Farm, a site we would definitely return to. We made use of the sofas in the large games room, rather than spending an evening cooped up in the tent. We were the only ones using it.

A cool cloudy day today for our walk to Youlgreave.

We will be using the ‘Alternative Pennine Way’ as the basis for our walk over the next 18 days. Steve found the route in a now obsolete guidebook, let’s hope the ‘obsolete’ doesn’t refer to the paths too. The route passes through the Pennines at a lower altitude than the Pennine Way, which we used for JOGLE and will take us to the Scottish Border.

Today’s route leaves Ashbourne on the Tissington Trail, A bridleway which runs along the former train line from Ashbourne to Buxton. The line closed in 1963. We made good progress following this for nineteen kilometres, all slightly uphill before leaving it at Harrington Signal Box. The path is very much like the Tarka trail with beautiful views of the surrounding hills and valleys.

We continue to see a steady stream of HGVs hauling Calcium Carbonate on the roads around us. The landscape and industry is very much influenced by the Peak District limestone. Calcium Carbonate is used by the food, pharmaceutical and construction materials industry. Even the granola bars we ate during the morning contained it.

The remainder of the route followed an off road cycle route and lanes to Middleton, then a riverside path to Youlgreave. The village is a steep climb up from the river.

After a lunch stop, with a friendly blackbird, a short walk took us to our campsite, Hopping Farm.

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