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31 March 2008 @ 03:08 pm
Chee Dale  
Another walk in the Derbyshire Dales, this time Chee Dale, near Buxton. It's smaller, shorter, less dramatic, quiter though. Here are the pictures...

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My brave girlfriend on the submerged stepping stones, where the limestone gorge pushes you out into the river. Usually the water is lower and the crossing less damp.


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The head of the dale is an internationally important wildlife sanctuary, mainly for the wildflowers. 'Come back in late May', the conservation volunteers working there told us.

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An old converted railway line now transects the dale. You can walk below, along the river, or on top across the bridges which is much easier going but not nearly as interesting.

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And the surprise...
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Bats!

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Actually it's not unthinkable this time of the year to see bats out in the middle of the day. They've been hibernating since the autumn and must be getting very low on their energy reserves. So some need to feed, and with few flying insects out in the still cold nights at this time of year, the only option is to hunt in daylight.
It was cracking entertainment watching them rollercoaster around the clearings for five to ten minutes, until they fly back into the tiniest of cracks in the rock walls.
 
 
 
das_clive on April 1st, 2008 06:41 am (UTC)
That looks like an amazing place... I've never been there (I don't know how it escaped my notice! I thought I knew of - and assumed I had walked most of - all the dales!) Just goes to show duntit?

I shall be taking a journey out there with the other half I think; the bit where the river flows through the gorge looks pretty spectacular. Was it pretty quiet then? We're always looking for places to go that have somehow been missed off the radar of the outdoor crowd...
The Tibetan Hatturk_diddler on April 1st, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
Like I say, not so dramatic as other dales but very quiet, the stepping stones is the most spectacular section. You can link off to Monk's Dale and Miller's Dale further on, each of those have nature reserves, but I was recovering from the norovirus so kept our walk short at the weekend.
The grid ref is SK 112 724, and we entered along the Pennine Bridleway which includes that bit at the top with the pond.

Oh, and forgot to mention the birds, Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, a really nice mix and plenty of birdsong.