A seven mile hike to reach the highest pub in Derbyshire – I know how the GBG PUB Bloggers feel!
Although, this was actually through choice as three of my walking pals and I set off for a day in the Peak District and a circular hike from Eyam taking in the delights of Abney Moor and Bretton Clough.
I’m not quite sure what a ‘Clough’ is unless Derbyshire decided Brian is actually so famous they are not only going to name the A52 (Brian Clough Way) after him, but also great swathes of the Peak District!
Anyway, as the pictures show (including the inaugural one of myself on this blog, above), the weather was bracing to say the least with mud and snow underfoot in equal measure,
I was delighted when – six miles in – our resident Peaks expert told us 157 – The Barrel Inn – S32 5QD was approaching in Bretton Clough.
It was half past two so there is always a concern a pub as isolated as this might not be open but, a welcome sight of cars parked outside, meant it was open for our business!
A pint of EPA (Marston’s) was top notch and the landlady was friendly and chatting about how important Sunday lunch trade is to this place, which appears to be undergoing a gradual change.
The main hub of the pub, which has been there since 1597 has all the features you would expect such as the stone flag floor, the oak beams and nail studded doors, the thick traditional Derbyshire limestone walls and low doorways.
(Classic bench style seating too!)
However, it has had a lot added onto it including rooms and a smart new hotel/pub style entrance, which…
…allied to breathtaking views, means it clearly has a chance of surviving.
(view from front of the pub)
I can’t describe quite how remote this place is and whilst my beer was just over £3.50 I would happily pay more of a premium in a place like this to ensure it survives.
Bearing in mind during our seven mile walk we saw three people – two of which were council workers repairing potholes – then the pub was a positive hive of activity.
A party of six left as we arrived and there were around another ten people in and the fire was crackling with usual pub chat flowing between me and my three fellow walkers.
Apparently, The Barrel Inn is 1300 feet above sea level ensuring the views across the Hope Valley and Peak District are worth the walk.
Yes, it was bitterly cold for February and blizzard conditions at times but, the trudge through mud is worth it when you are walking up a valley knee deep in snow and arrive at a pub with views like this…
a roaring fire…
and a top notch pint of EPA.
The Midlands really is a green and pleasant land.