Holiday time, a week’s walking in Derbyshire, run by HF Holidays – http://www.hfholidays.co.uk/holidays/derbyshire-dales The Peak District was a regular walking destination for me in the past, and I was really looking forward to this … but first, more of my favourites. We broke our journey at Barton-under-Needwood, where there were geocaches – and canals – and books.
The Book Barge (https://twitter.com/TheBookBarge) is the home and movable, floating bookshop of Sarah Henshaw. She and her house/shop-rabbit, Napoleon Bunnypart, are both charming and friendly. We were treated to tea and coffee and I was dragged away after buying only three books; I could have spent all day there and could have bought at least half of the stock!
Out into the rain we went (a good omen for a holiday – not) to do a quick bit of geocaching before we moved on. We dropped off Twoo, the trackable owl (very close to where he, she, or it started off), and then visited another cache by one of the lakes nearby. We would never have visited Baron Marina http://www.bartonmarina.co.uk had it not been for the Book Barge, but it’s a great little place; there is the canal, a marina, lakes, a surprising range of shops, even a cinema.
Then on, to Dovedale …