Up to Wednesday, with just the exception of a soaking at the end of our Dovedale walk, we had been blessed with far better weather than one would expect in any part of England at the end of April. This time last year we were being rained on almost every day. In fact, the lack of rain plus the not too high temperature (hovering around ten degrees centigrade during the day) is ideal weather for hillwalking. However, Thursday was not a nice day. It was foggy, wet and miserable. So we decided to visit one of the nearby stately homes, Lyme Park, which Jane Austen fans will more than likely remember was the setting for Pemberley in the 1995 TV adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice." You know, the one staring Colin Firth.
The house sits in 1359 acres of parkland on which visitors are welcome to exercise their dogs. Which, even though it was a bit damp, we did. We then popped the dogs back in the car and went for a walk around the formal gardens. We finished off the visit with tea and cakes at the cafe.
So, nothing too energetic but still a great day out.