Monyash Walk – Along The Limestone Way & Lathkill Dale
This Monyash walk was one I had never done before. Many years ago I completed the 10 mile circuit from Monyash to the River Bradford and the River Lathkill and back to Monyash through Lathkill Dale.
The occasion was a double celebration of the birthdays of my son and daughter, both born in March, to reach 45 and 41. Accompanying us were their respective partners and my four grandchildren. The day was cloudy but fortunately dry, although the paths were extremely muddy. Some decent photographs are published here.We started the Monyash walk from the Bulls Head pub and walked on the path from the church, along the lane to reach The Limestone Way. The path reached Fern Dale and in a short distance we crossed the dry stone wall and headed for One Ash Grange Farm.
A very steep downhill section into Cales Dale followed, which was very slippy due to the damp conditions. A footbridge over the River Lathkill was crossed, then we turned North West in Lathkill Dale. A few cows were on the path, happily munching the grass. With two young children in the party we gave them a wide berth. Eventually the river ran dry and we had to transverse a rocky section near the disused Ricklow Quarry.
The final section of the Monyash walk was on grassland and after navigating the rocky section, this was very welcome. Eventually the B5055 road was reached and a final half mile walk along the grass verges brought us back to the Bulls Head pub.
My two youngest grandchildren, aged 4 and 5, never complained about the four mile walk and took it in their stride. An excellent meal and a couple of drinks followed in the Bulls Head and all too soon we had to say our good byes as we ventured home in opposite directions.