The weather looked fair so we decided to walk at Dove Dale. It was colder than it has been for ages so extra layers and woolly hats were donned before we set off along the riverside.
We crossed the bridge to the Thorpe Cloud side of the river and made our way along the rough bank side - not quite as sure footed as gazelles.
The river was quite high and moving very rapidly, lapping at the sides of the path near our booted feet.
The water swirling and eddying in white frothy ripples as it travelled down stream.
Buzzards and light aircraft flew overhead
People chattered with delight and trepidation was they crossed the stepping stones, pausing halfway over to have their photos taken at this well known spot.
We followed the path towards Milldale.
Climbing the steps which are full of fossils
There were dippers in the cold water of the river
and crows in the bare winter trees
Time to turn back along the path already trodden
and cross those stepping stones - halfway across
Safely on the other side
It was getting towards one o'clock
Lunch was calling! Time for a sandwich and a warm drink overlooking the fields
before driving down into to the village of Ilam
I always love this view of the church and the grey of the stone against the backdrop behind it
A couple of purchases were made from the sale at the NT shop before we headed home.