As I said in my travel diary of North Yorkshire, I came to the Peak District a day early. And I left four days early. I wasn’t in a great mood when I got there, and the weather forecast didn’t look that great. There’s really nothing to do but hiking. And while I love hiking, I was not going to do that in the pouring rain.
While I was on my way to the Peak District, I stopped at Benton House. Which some of you might recognise from BBC’s Pride and Prejudice. This house had been on my list of places to visit for a while, and I’m glad to say that it did not disappoint. As you can see from the pictures, it was a very gloomy, rainy day (which did nothing to improve my mood) but it actually kind of suited the building.
Of course, I spent a very long time just admiring the library at Belton House. So many books. And they had two more rooms filled with books as well. Seriously, guys. I want to live there.
My first night in the Peak District, I stayed at the YHA Ravenstor hostel in Buxton. Amazing location if you have a car. If not, good luck getting there. The hostel is surrounded by trees and mountains (WiFi connection was basically non-existent), but it’s a good place to go to get some peace and quiet.
The next day, I went to Eyam. Eyam is a small village that’s sort of famous because a lot of people there died of the plague in the 19th century. There’s still houses with signs, telling you about who the first victim was and who survived. I walked through the town for about an hour and then hiked through Hope Valley, where I got attacked my goats.
Hiking on public footpaths in England, you walk through fields where people keep livestock. I climbed over the fence and was about halfway through the field when around eighty goats suddenly ran my way. Now, I like goats. But this felt a bit like that scene in the Lion King where Simba is trapped and about to be trampled by a herd of cows. Luckily, the goats knew to stop running when they came near me, and I managed to make it over the next fence – to a field without animals.
And that was the last part of my road trip through England – cut short due to bad weather. The holidays are not completely over yet, though, and next week, I’m going to explore Bath!