Last week we decided to take an afternoon off and go for a walk. The weather was mild and still, perfect for walking.
Our route: We left The Malthouse, walked down into the Churnet Valley, followed the old railway track heading towards Denstone, took a detour off the track to see restoration work that has been done to a bridge (photo below) over what was once part of the Uttoxeter Canal, headed back onto the track via the truly magnificent weir (photo below), walked in to Denstone taking a well deserved pit stop at Denstone Hall Farm Shop where we took the weight off our feet (photo below) and tucked in to one of their delicious sausage sandwiches, headed off again back towards Alton via public footpaths through the fields -VERY MUDDY!, then once back in Alton headed back to The Malthouse.
We REALLY had a great walk BUT hadn't realised just how muddy it was going to be, especially on our journey through the fields. Our dog Poppy loved the walk but was so muddy that when we got home a shower was a must. Thank goodness for showers and washing machines!