‘Up Trail and Down Dale Weekend’ – Hartington Friday


Or the Best Thing in the World, Hot, Hot, Hot and a Fox on a Trail…

The best thing in the world has got to be finishing work and finding Darrell, Millie and Monty, packed and ready and waiting outside for me…

I climb aboard and we drive to the Peak District with all the other weekend escapees. It is 30 degrees outside and the forecast for the weekend is hot, hot hot…

As the campsite at Ilam is now shut we head to a CL at White House Farm near Hartington. No one is around when we arrive so we take the last pitch sited under a large tree and set up.

A buzzard is mobbed by a crow carking raucously. After a few minutes battle the buzzard flees into a nearby wood.

Within half an hour Millie has charmed most of the neighbours and has fallen hopelessly in love with three large male black Labradors.

It is a beautiful evening and we walk across fields to the Tissington Trail. Ahead of us we see a fox who trots along quite happily in front of us. Millie of course snuffles head down in the undergrowth, totally oblivious.

It is a very breezy night and our fears of it being too hot to sleep are unfounded, indeed it is decidedly cool. It is also very, very quiet. No owls or sheep, just the sound of the awning flapping. Darrell tries to remove the insects that have taken up residence inside the van and snaps a towel at them. Millie takes fright and won’t go anywhere near him.

I take her out in the middle of the night which despite the very late hour is still surprisingly light but all she does is rumble under her breath at the moon and then slink back inside…

Campsite Heaven
Spider Toy

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.