On Sunday we walked at one of my absolute favourite places!
We parked at the Blore Pastures car park and set out through Blore Woods and over the fields towards the village of Ilam. The ground was hard underfoot and quite slippy as we headed towards the entrance to the parkland.
You can see Thorpe Cloud and Bunster Hill in the distance. I have to say although it was bitterly cold it was also truly magical!
The sheep were gathered around their food looking cold even though they have such warm, woolly coats.
Once inside the parkland we walked along by the river towards the bridge
Where there was a wonderful view of Ilam Hall Youth Hostel
We carried on along the river and climbed up the steps to the top of the walk and down the other side before crossing the river by the smaller bridge.
By this time my fingers and toes were tingling with cold so we stopped for coffee and scones at the Manifold tea-rooms which were very busy!
No, we didn't sit outside! Everyone was inside sharing tables with each other and chatting away about the weather, the walking and the beauty of the day.
Of course I had to take yet another photo of - my favourite view. You'll notice that by the time we'd eaten our scones and looked inside the National Trust shop the sun was out and the frost was disappearing.
We'd been out for nearly three hours and it only seemed like one! It was time to head back over the fields towards the car and home.