Bakewell to Rowsley


The family were staying at my brother's for a few days in the Christmas period. Joss led us on a walk which started at Bakewell. At that point, snow from a few days back had largely melted, but it was a fairly grey day and rained a bit.

The walk

Passing by the opportunity to obtain Bakewell pudding (they don't call it tart...) we started resolutely by scrambling up a path/meltwater stream to gain the hilltops near Bakewell.

My dad sticking his tongue out, with snow remaining on the hillside behind.
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Walking across the hills, we eventually reached Edensor, a model village on the Chatsworth estate.

Strange grating thing by stone steps. The blue paint is the area's (presumably) rigidly enforced colour scheme.
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A coffee shop in the village was open, so while the others were buying takeaway hot drinks (they didn't get me anything!), I found a place to eat our sandwiches in the porch of the church. The church was apparently designed by George Gilbert Scott - not the one of Battersea Power Station and red phone box fame, that was his grandson Giles. But still.

Damp flagstones just outside the church porch.
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Church archway.
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We then walked close by Chatsworth House. (I took some pictures of it, but they're not very interesting.)

A disused watermill in the grounds.
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Caudwell's Mill

Our destination (not surprising if you know my brother) was a tearoom; to be specific, a rather nice one attached to Caudwell's Mill, which is a working watermill - sort of.

After refreshments, we went to look around the mill. It's broken at the moment, I forget the details but they aren't milling flour; however, the smaller side-channel converted to hydroelectricity (around 10kW when I looked at the meter) was powering the lights, and in most of the rest of the mill, they had things still spinning round and such anyway. A really interesting little museum.

Looking through a grille in the floor at the water beneath.
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Spinny things in the floor.
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Alarm system, electrical switchboxes, general junk corner.
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A mechanical calculator, in a display case with a typewritten label which listed it as 'a larger precursor of modern adding machines'. Presumably just somebody's joke, although I don't know how old the label was...
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Excellent green pipe (this picture is slightly blurred - it was pretty dark in the mill, so I've lowered my standards appropriately, and I really like this picture aside from the blur).
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No idea what this is (storage area of some kind, I guess) but it looks cool.
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More spinny things!
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That's it! A fun mill, though, worth a visit if you're in the area.

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