12 June 2016
Hard to believe that after 6 months living in Cheshire, this was our first hike in the Peak District. The track we followed started in Ashford-in-the-Water, through Little Shacklow Wood and Sheldon village, before going down into and along the Deep Dale. Cross the road into Monsal Dale followed by a good climb up to Monsal Head, before closing the trail loop by heading back to Ashford-in-the-water for a quick pint!
The GPS track of the 8.2 mile walk can be seen here on ViewRanger.
Ashford-in-the-water is a very appropriately named village and is very picturesque.
The trail begins by taking us through Little Shacklow Wood. Very pretty but most distinctive was the smell – pungent and at times intoxicating. Wild garlic! We were surrounded by it.
A climb up to and then short walk through Sheldon village, with a quick hello to one or two of the locals.