Butterton to Grindon
Traditional Villages, Mud, Farms & Fields, Getting Kinda Lost, Caves, Old Things, Ups & Downs
The beginning of 2016 was filled with many walks around the Peak District. On the 9th January 2016 I made a first visit to Butterton and met up with my dad. It was warm for a January day with little rain, although as you would expect very wet underfoot. Particularly as the walk followed three riverside paths.
The walk was just under 15km (including getting lost) and headed from Butterton to Grindon in a circular route. We parked outside the church in Butterton and headed downhill at first before climbing over Grindon Moor to go down again to the River Hamps. The route then climbed back up again to Grindon itself before heading down to the River Manifold towards Thor's Cave. Finally following Hoo's Brook (very muddy route) back to Butterton.
You can find more information on this route, including a link to a Viewranger route download at the end of the post. Here's a little map to show you which part of the world we are in.
Two kilometres into the walk we reached the high point at 374m and the trig point at Grindon moor. From here we headed towards Sheldon farm and got a bit lost in the farm buildings while trying to locate the path.
We reached the village of Grindon as much needed relief from the mud of the fields. From here we headed downhill towards the Manifold Valley after a brief lunch stop looking out of the beautiful valley and farmland.
The River Manifold and the Manifold Valley often forms part of a walk when in the south of the Peak District. Thor's Cave is the dominant feature of the landscape and always conjures up thoughts of the many people who have explored inside looking for shelter, or the ways in which such a dramatic feature might influence a belief in a high power in times gone by.
The only thing this walk was missing was a stop at a pub. Otherwise it was a memorable morning exploring somewhere new.
Find a link to the route of this walk on Viewranger.