Reg kindly organised tickets for the second day of the third Test match against Pakistan at Edgbaston.
It was old fashioned, attritional cricket, with Pakistan slowly grinding out a first innings lead, and only three wickets fell all day, one in the first over, and one off the last ball of the day.
After the cricket we had a typical Birmingham curry with a college friend of Lindsey – tasty, and not at all expensive.
The next day we drove to Monyash, in the countryside not far from Buxton and Bakewell, where we stayed a couple of nights in a campsite at Knotlow Farm. People have lived in this area for several thousand years, and Monyash was mentioned in the Domesday Book.
There are ancient tracks across much of the countryside around Monyash.
The day after an extremely nice meal in the Bulls Head with some of Lindsey’s friends from Manchester, we walked the Lathkill Dale down to near Over Haddon, then over to Youlgreave, and finally returned to Knotlow via the Limestone Way, which goes right through the farm. By my reckoning, our walk was about 16kms, but it felt longer.
I was very taken with the Limestone Way. Although we came across occasional walkers, none appeared to be hiking the whole length of the path, which is 45 miles long and therefore much shorter than many long distance routes. The trail goes through various farms and across fields, and the countryside seems to be forever changing in character.