Noticing a large Tesco store about half an hour before our final destination, we stopped, primarily to use the toilet! We stocked up on some additional supplies for dinner before continuing on our way.
The area of the Peak District we were driving through consisted of rolling hills, old villages, and small clusters of woodlands. It was not as dramatic as I had imagined, but was certainly very pleasing to the eye, especially given that the sun had reappeared at last.
It took us a while to locate Deeley House, our B&B, as it is not particularly well-signed.
Our host, Michael, was very warm and friendly. (We were very pleased to have a king-size bed in our room!) After settling in, we set off on a walk at about 4pm to explore the area, meandering away from the busy main road down towards the river, passing little pubs along the way, as well as a couple of camping sites that were full of tents and holiday makers sitting around preparing for their evening meals.
In Matlock, we found a Marks & Spencers Foodhall where Michael bought himself a chocolate bar. Further into the town, we noted a fish and chip shop — a meal for the next evening perhaps. We had already walked for a couple of hours, and so I was keen to start the homeward journey — about 3 miles, according to my calculations. As soon as we could, we got back on to the footpath that ran alongside the railway line, well away from the noise of the busy main road, eventually reconnecting with the quiet roads we had walked down a few hours earlier. By the time we reached our B&B, we had been walking for almost 3.5 hours.
Michael, our host, couldn’t have been more hospitable, providing us with plates, cutlery and glasses for our evening meal in the dining room. Our bread and tomatoes, etc. were topped off with some imitation New York cheesecake — not as delicious as the real thing, but reasonably tasty. Not long after finishing our meal, we fell into bed and drifted off to sleep in less than no time!