Travels 3: The Peak District

Overlooking Monsal Dale. Was actually here a few days ago and so keen to share that I attempted to use my mobile. Not a brilliant idea. I really do not understand it sufficiently. Ashford-on-the-Water Not far from Monsal Dale was the hotel we had booked to spend the night – online the Bed and Breakfast package appeared near perfect – but reality proved otherwise so we will not be repeating the experience. ‘Nuff said. The village of Ashford-on-the-Water, where we stayed, was historically a gem and apparently was once more important than neighbouring Bakewell. We did have a fantastic evening meal at the Rutland Arms in Bakewell and that is an establishment we would recommend for food (excellent), service (again, excellent), and the accommodation looked good too. The gems? I like to learn about unfamiliar practices or quirky traditions that were simply practical solutions for communities faced with common events. This village had two, one in the church and one

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