Walk #23: The Limestone Way from Pomeroy to Castleton
Map of the walk
Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.
I am sitting in Castleton, waiting to be picked up to go home. Generally today was a far better day than yesterday, both health-wise and scenery-wise. Because I got a quite early start (07.15) I was able to take it fairly easy all day, and took a couple of unnecessary stops to waste time.
Healthwise I am reasonable. I have two small blisters on the usual culprits on my right foot, but nothing which have caused problems. The big problem are the inside of my thighs, which once again are bleeding. It is typical that when I was packing for this walk I left out the vaseline and the large strip plasters to save weight and bulk. In the future, if I even start to get soreness there, I must stop and treat the are liberally with vaseline. It is annoying to suffer a great deal after a hike for such a stupid reason.
The scenery on this stretch of the walk was much better than yesterday, especially the section between the A623 and Castleton.
For more details of this walk, see the book "Walking the Limestone Way", by R&E Haydock, B&D Allen, Scarthin Books, ISBN 0 907758 92 4. The only exception to this is the start of the walk, where I followed roads back to Flagg, where I had left the Limestone Way yesterday to make my way to the campsite.
Since 1994, the Limestone Way was extended from it's previous Matlock to Castleton route, to the new Rocester to Castleton alignment. The old route now forms the northern leg of this walk, and is still by far the most frequently walked. In the future I will walk the Rocester to Matlock section that I have yet to do, although knowing the area I actually believe that there are better alignments that can be walked, and that the route they chose for this section was constrained by having to reach Matlock.
This makes a total distance of 14.0 miles, with 2129 feet of ascent and 2757 feet of descent.
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