Derbyshire Walks

We took a quick trip to Derbyshire for a couple of days before Christmas. It was a little disappointing to find it was the one part of the country virtually without snow, but that did mean we actually got there from the snow-covered south of England without any great hitches, even though we travelled up on the last train on Saturday evening.

© 2010, Peter Marshall

The journey – a train into London, the underground to St Pancras, an intercity service to Derby and then a local train to Belper – takes around four hours. We booked a couple of weeks in advance and got cheap tickets. They cost about the same as the first stage – under 20 miles from Staines to London – costs in the rush hour on its own – without the underground, the 130 miles to Derby and the 10 or so on to Belper. Really ticket costs on our railways make no sense.

© 2010, Peter Marshall

We really went to see family, but the pictures on line are from a couple of walks that we did while there. From the windows of the bedroom we could see across part of the town to the hills around, and we walked around some of them. Pity about the lack of snow, but it was really cold out, and even in the town very different from being in Staines or London.

© 2010, Peter Marshall

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