We hiked about five miles, some of which was along the Monsal Trail. The loop we hiked was southeast of Bakewell. Because bridleways make up part of the trail, we encountered several sections of muddy terrain. Mud isn't a problem if you're wearing a good pair of hiking boots! We enjoyed walking alongside many sheep. The photo below shows wonderful green grass enjoyed by playful lambs and watchful ewes (click on the image for a larger view).
After walking a couple of miles, a gorgeous valley opened up for us (click on the image for a larger view).
We then hiked uphill through wooded areas with lots of muddy sections. Once we broke through the woods, we were met with an incredible Peak District view. I got so giddy and filled with joy that I had to take out running (click on the image for a larger view).
Note the shadows of trees off to the left, which mark the end of the woods. The stunning blue sky and the lush green grass almost colour overloaded us. The part of the Peak District in Derbyshire is certainly a thing of beauty. And of course no hike through the Peak District is complete without stopping in a great country pub. We chose The Peacock in Bakewell, and we weren't disappointed (click on the image for a larger view).
But our food consumption didn't stop with The Peacock's delicious dishes and tasty cask ales. We had to experience what Bakewell is famous for: Bakewell pudding and Bakewell tart (not the same!). Suffice to say, Bakewell's reputation for pudding and tart is well deserved. I had to get some tart to take home from The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop (click on the image for a larger view).
The shop also has lots of little odds and ends. By the time we got back to Sheffield, we were tired and well fed. Truly a great day in the Peak District!