The peak district - Castleton, Ladybower resevoir and the dambusters!
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People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Adam (England)
We arrived into Manchester bus station at 10.30, and Adam had kindly come to pick us up, as he had agreed to take us out for the day. He had suggested a ride to the Peak District, and as this is somewhere that i have never been before, i left the planning up to him, which was a nice change to let someone else do the organising for once!
The latter half of the journey there was lovely, travelling through lush countryside and through the hills, although it did predictably make Julia car sick. The plan was to start off at a small village called Castleton, and then work our way on to Ladybower resevoir in the afternoon.
Arriving into Castleton, it struck me how incredibly picturesque it was, with stone cottages, rustic pubs and sweeping views. We toyed with the idea of visiting the 'Devils Arse', which is a large cavern, but we decided that with a heavy night of drinking planned for that evening, we'd probably have our own version the following morning... Thus, we wandered the pretty streets for some time, before settling on The Castle Pub to have some quality pub grub in. As it was a nice day, we opted to sit outside and soak up the sun, whilst knocking back a couple of beers with our food, which Adam, like the gentleman that he is, kindly treated us to.
Once we had finished, we wandered around a little more, before driving over to Ladybower reservoir, another incredibly scenic location, despite the dreary weather which had arrived.
Having looked around the reservoir, we walked back to a pretty wooded area, where we saw plenty of rabbits. More surprisingly was sighting the carved wooden cast from The Wind in the Willows, a childrens story which i grew up adoring - at least thats what we think they were! The day was drawing to a close and we wanted to get home and get ready for the night ahead, so we called it a day and headed back over to Manchester. It had been a thoroughly enjoyable day, and i'd highly recommend both places if you are in the area.