Saturday 20th July 2013

Over the last few years, Jen and I have walked most of the other routes of "The Inn Way" (www.innway.co.uk), including the Yorkshire Dales, the North Yorkshire Moors and Northumberland. The format is quite simple; between 11 and 20 miles walking each day, usually around 14 miles, 6 days in total, calling in at pubs on route - a match made in heaven if ever there was one. Being a bit of a fan of real ale, I then added my own challenge to have a pint in every pub we visited.

This year, we booked the Peak District Inn Way and invited various friends and family along to walk different parts. We started in the idyllic village of Hayfield and walked with Martin and Julie from Talkin for the first two days.

Day one was by far the longest, but we were glad to get this out of the way at the beginning, finishing at Hathersage. Win Hill was the highlight of the day, with some superb views from all angles, the descent down off it to Yorkshire Bridge was however, steep and rocky, making it hard on our feet, which wasn't the best, with five more days of walking to go.

Day two took us onto Stanage Edge. Julie and Martin left us near Fox House, where we had lunch and we were joined by our friends, Rob, Kinza and their son Ben from Nottingham for the afternoon walking along Froggatt and Curbar Edge, before dropping down to Baslow.

Day three, it was just the two of us, as we headed through the Chatsworth Estate, with a quick look round the pretty village of Edensor. One of the best pubs we sampled on route was at Beeley, luckily open late morning, when we passed. Youlgrave was our overnight at the end of the day and we stayed in the Youth Hostel here, converted from what was originally the village Co-op, though I'm not sure 'Youth' should be associated as we were by far the youngest residents there!

Day four, started off with heavy rain, so it was time to get the waterproofs on as we made our way up Lathkill Dale to Monyash. Thankfully the rain only lasted an hour or so and by the time we had finished our dinner, the sun was coming out. In the afternoon, we passed through the interesting Magie Mines, now long closed, but a lot remains, almost as if everything has been left in place. We dropped into Monsal Dale and walked along the disused railway, through the recently opened tunnels at Cressbrook and Litton, before getting to Tideswell.

We were joined in the morning of day five by Jen's mum Val and brother Dan to walk to our final night at Castleton. We had lunch at 'the plague village' of Eyam, after which we asended onto Eyam Moor, a particularly off the beaten track area of the Peak District, but with some of the best views of the whole walk, being able to see where we had been most of the first two days in the distance.

Val stayed with us for the final day, where we made a roundabout ascent of Mam Tor via Cave Dale, before dropping into Edale for lunch and then the final climb up the well known Jacob's Ladder on he first section of the Pennine Way and back down to Hayfield.

We managed to visit 25 of the 51 pubs listed in the book. Some had closed, maybe never to re-open, while others weren't open as we walked past due to the time of day. One of these was the Red Lion at Litton - maybe next time, it looked really good!

Stats 'n that

Location info

How far and how long:

Day 1: 18.06 miles
Day 2: 12.30 miles
Day 3: 13.38 miles
Day 4: 15.88 miles
Day 5: 14.61 miles
Day 6: 11.71 miles

Total: 85.94 miles, 6 days

Who was with me:

Jenny Cawthorne, Martin Bradley Thorne, Julie Bradley Thorne, Val Beaumont, Dan Beaumont, Rob Evans, Kinza Evans

Summits:

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Our first climb - Kinder Scout.

Our first climb - Kinder Scout.

Froggatt Edge.

Froggatt Edge.

Walking down to Youlgrave.

Walking down to Youlgrave.

Magpie Mine.

Magpie Mine.

Eyam Moor.

Eyam Moor.

Jacobs Ladder.

Jacobs Ladder.