We had a bit of a slow start, we are after all on holiday. We went to the village of Great Longstone, which I have visited before, and remembered that in the church there was a guide to a village trail, which you can borrow. But of course everything has been removed, because of the pandemic. It was a very prosperous place, lead mining and shoe making being the main employment. It has a large and beautiful church, St Giles.
We called at the village shop and had a chat with the owner. She had remained open continuously, 11-3, and in the other hours she made up food boxes for those in isolation, and went to the pharmacy to pick up prescriptions. She sounds like a one person social services. The village has a population of about 800. But she said she is now so delighted to have different people to talk to. So I obliged.
We stopped at the old Hassop station, which I remember as having a little book stall and a cafe. But it has grown exponentially, and is a cycle hub for the Monsal Trail, formerly a railway line, now a cycle and walking path. But today hugely busy, so we did not stop.
We went on to Hathersage, where I had a ticket to swim in the open air pool. It is so spectacular, to look up at the hills as you swim along. It has been featured in quite a few newspapers recently, and rightly so.
This evening Rod went to check on the river, and saw a fly fisherman catch 2 trout. The mayfly hatch is amazing, the air is thick with them and the trout love them.
Well just has to be, doesn’t it?