Although our campsite at Bamford lacked any facilities, other than a single toilet and sink, after returning from dinner at the local community run pub, the site was full. As we are early risers it didn’t cause us any holdups. We left before the fighting started.
A sunny but frosty start to the day, with a bit of cloud by midday.
Once again we had to change our route, this time because the campsite we had planned to use had no facilities, but at least they let us know when we tried to book rather than finding out when we arrived.
The first part of the walk used a cycle path alongside three reservoirs, Ladybower, Upper Derwent and Howden. The building of Ladybower reservoir resulted in the submergence of two villages Ashopton and Derwent. As recently as 2018 the remains of the former Derwent village were visible during a dry summer. The dam was also used for training by the dam-busters. The scenery was stunning and the path was busy with walkers, runners and cyclists.
At the end of Howden reservoir a steep climb took us to open moorland and into county number nine, Yorkshire. The path became suitable only for the more skilful (or mad) cyclists. The views were amazing and we could see for miles in every direction.
After dropping down from the summit we found a sheltered spot for lunch and Lynn had a short doze. Shortly after lunch we could see our campsite deceptively close across another reservoir, which had to be circumnavigated.
The campsite is in the tiny village of Langsett and boasted a newly opened toilet block, we arrived to find an improvement on last night, two toilets and three sinks, but no showers yet! Good job we are in a B & B tomorrow.