Monyash Walk

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.

Monyash Walk

The Monyash walk following the red diamonds to Lathkill Dale and the red dashes back along the river to the B5055 road.

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.


Monyash Walk — 39 Comments

  1. Bill, I’m just checking in, sir. How are you doing? I hope you are getting around all right. You are in my prayers.

      • I am so glad to hear that, Bill. I know you like the warmer weather and hope you’ll be able to go out and about. More power to you, sir!

          • Hi, Bill! We’ve had the wettest summer that I can remember. My bones ache! And now our Labor Day weekend is also rainy. I don’t think we’ll ever dry up. I hope all is well with you, sir.

            • Well Victoria Marie, we have had the best Summer for 42 years. I have been in shorts and sandles for over 3 months but now the rains have come and Autumn is descending fast.

              • I am so glad you’ve had the best summer, Bill. That’s wonderful! Lucky you! I, on the other hand, still want a drought. [Don’t tell anyone. Drought seems to be a bad word in the “Garden State” as New Jersey’s called.] Our autumn has been just as rainy as our summer. Hope you are well, sir.

                • Looks like you have had a typical British summer Victoria Marie! We have had the best one since 1976 and about time too. Now we are back to grey skies and rain for the next 6 months.

                  • Six months…of rain? I’d have to move! Although, it’s raining–again–today, Bill. I feel it in my bones, which is why I wouldn’t survive 6 months of rain.

                    I hope you are well, Bill, even with the dreary weather. If the sun ever shows its shining face, I hope you can enjoy a daily adventure outside. Wishing you the best, sir!

                    • I am exaggerating when I say 6 months of rain, it’s just that it seems that way with almost permanent grey skies. Just had knee replacement surgery and managing ¼ mile walks at the moment.

                    • Bravo to you, Bill, having the knee replacement. The hardest part should be over. More power to you to keep increasing your walks. I’m praying that by the time Spring rolls around, you’ll be completely ready for the trail. That is, if it ever stops raining. Still raining in New Jersey. Merry Christmas, sir!

                      I will have to reply here as the threaded comments are full with 10 entries. Until I post another walk, can you use the Walk Comments post please.

                      If it ever stops raining here, I may go for a longer walk than the mile I can presently manage. All the best to you and yours for 2019 Victoria Marie.

  2. Hi Bill! Spring’s finally here in New Jersey. In fact it’s going to hit 90 degrees today, they say. I don’t know what happened to springtime weather. I hope all is well with you, Bill, and that you are experiencing some warmer weather, too.

    • Yes, we have had a few days of really sunny weather over here. 80 degrees on Sunday. Not quite as hot as you have had it but still acceptable. Unfortunately, it never seems to last long. I am a sun worshipper, so love warm sunny weather, it’s a different world when the sun shines.

  3. Oh my gosh, Bill, I’m so sorry to hear this. Wow! I was hoping you were on the road to mending. I will keep you in my prayers, sir.

  4. How did your first knee replacement go? Gosh, I hope everything went well. This will help you get through the second one. I am POSITIVE you will be up and walking with no difficulties by autumn, sir. You have the willpower to do it! I’m praying for you, Bill.

    • Unfortunately my op was cancelled Victoria Marie. At the pre-op they discovered a heart problem, so I have to get that sorted first. Back to square one!

  5. I don’t mean to pry, sir, but did you have the knee replacement? If so, I hope it was a total success. Give yourself time, Bill. You are still in my prayers. I hope your 2018 is going well and that you’ll be back on the trail soon.

  6. I am praying for a perfect knee replacement experience for you, Bill. I wish you every blessing in the New Year. Thank you for your good wishes, sir.

  7. That’s incredible, Bill! How wonderful that the young will compete and/or team up with their elders. The young can learn so much from the wealth of experience of those older and wiser. But of course, education works both ways. Someone older can learn so much from the younger generation as well.

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday, sir. All best to you!

    • I have decided that my only option now is total knee replacement surgery as hopefully it cannot be any worse than my present condition. Have a great holiday Victoria Marie, good health and all the best to you and yours for 2018.

  8. It seems like a very skillful game to me, Bill, from what I can see on the web. And as far as an “old man’s sport,” hogwash. No one’s crashing into you, true, but in my opinion, that doesn’t make a sport for the older person. More power to anyone who enjoys the fresh air to participate with others, whether in sport or conversation or walking on the tameside.

    I hope you are well, sir!

  9. No kidding, Bill! Footgolf is played with what we Americans would call a soccer ball. My twins and my son would be great at that. I lose out on any sport that has “precision” at the beginning of its definition. It’s neat that the Footgolf course is the same as the regular golf course, with its sand pits and trees and hills.

    Nope! It doesn’t seem like I’d be any better at Crown green bowling either. I stink at bowling at the wooden alleys here in the States. I always get gutter balls, which means I don’t knock down any pins—the whole object of bowling in our country.

    Thanks so much for sharing these two pastimes with me. I definitely believe I learn something new every day. My prayers are still with you, sir.

    • Crown green bowling is a very skillful game Victoria Marie. The general impression here in the UK is that it’s an old man’s sport. Far from it, there are youngsters out there that are really good players and come well placed in competitions.

  10. You know Bill, the best thing about the struggles with your knees is that you keep a positive attitude and still keep yourself active. This is the best thing to do as we age–and I’m talking about myself here, too. We have osteoarthritis in my family.

    As you know, there are many sports and activities that aren’t as strenuous but are still fun to do. But I’m not real sure what “Foot” Golf is. I have an idea about Crown Green Bowling. Is it like bocce?

    • Rather than try to explain the two sports Victoria Marie, I have inserted links to them as they give a better explanation than I could.

      FootGolf is similar to normal golf except you kick a football into a larger diameter hole. The holes are shorter than normal golf, usually just longer than 100 yards or metres.

      Crown green bowling is played mainly in the North of England.

  11. I completely understand, Bill. I would be terrified. We are truly blessed that my husband’s knee replacement was a success.

    But of course, you can find many successes and many failures when you are researching. The importance is to find a qualified doctor and hospital or surgical center that you can feel confident with. And much has to do with attitude. You’re a doer, sir. You wouldn’t simply sit and wait for rehab and only do the physical therapy routine and that’s all. You enjoy walking about with your friends. I can see that through your blog. You should be able to do as much or as little as you’d like.

    I’m still praying for you, sir. Enjoy the rest of your summer.

    • The latest technique, still under trials in the UK, is harvesting bone marrow stem cells from the hip and injecting them back into the damaged joint. Apparently these trials have proved promising although it will be a couple of years before the final results will be known. In the meantime I have taken up FootGolf and Crown Green Bowling.

  12. I am only just walking about Victoria Marie, nothing too strenuous. Just had an acquaintance tell me about his father’s knee replacement surgery. Apparently it damaged all the nerves in his knee, so it furthers my reluctance to have the op.

  13. Now I agree with that, Bill. The purpose of any sport is to gain exercise and enjoyment. The problem I would have is not being able to track where my ball went and how to find it. This is why my husband is content to let me play miniature golf with the kids. Glad to hear you’re still walking about. Enjoy your weekend!

  14. Wonderful, Bill! I always think golf is better played when you walk from hole to hole. A golf bag with wheels helps. Now I hope the distractions are going well. My husband plays once in a while. I’m more like the kids; we’re a miniature golf type of people. All the best to you, sir!

    • The old adage ‘Golf Is A Good Walk Spoiled’ is certainly true in my case. The way I play turns what should be a 4 mile walk into a 5½ mile walk. Unless you have a severe disability, using a golf buggy defeats the object of getting exercise.

  15. I agree on the starting them young principle, it does seem to make a lifetime habit of activities in most cases. Playing golf at the moment, which entails a 5 mile walk, with distractions!

  16. This is great, Bill. I trust you are feeling well or at least walking better. The trip sounds wonderful, a real family affair. Wonderful to hear your young grandchildren made the walk. We took the twins for their first hike, although it was up a mountainside, when they were four. However, my husband and I carried them back down. The key was frequent rests and snacks. All the best to you, sir.

      • It is always key to start good habits or interests when kids are young. If you are lucky, you can make lifelong hikers/walkers of them. Truly hope you are feeling well, sir, and enjoying the outdoors.

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