You left me in Matlock heading into the wilds of the Lumsdale Valley as the views improved and the pubs became more gastro.
Gorge walking has become de rigeur in recent years and I can confirm it is a top notch activity, albeit I have tried it in Anglesey.
(Not gorge walking)
The joys of covid mean thatt this section is closed off at present but you get some idea of just how wet this area is and the Bentley Brook Brewery Tap (closed on a Tuesday) is in this region so clearly using the River Derwent water.
However, I know you lot want to hear about beer and pubs, not history, so it is onwards and upwards (literally) as climbing the Lumsdale Valley led us towards Tansley.
This is prime Wickingman territory and aside from an Anglican church
and a Methodist church,
this village seems to be fairly remote.
Although that didn’t stop the Rishi offer tempting them into the 592 – Gate Inn DE4 5FN which was bustling on a Tuesday afternoon with all of Tansley and surrounding hamlets.
A behemoth of a village pub in the Dales this looks like it has had multiple extensions but is certainly ticking all the boxes of the locals.
This was the main thrust of our conversation and whilst we all like a wet led boozer then it looks like the only way these pubs can survive is by hitting the food trail so why not?
We cashed in on the offer…
and the beer was top class with Thornbridge (Brother Rabbit) coming up trumps.
A proper hike onwards led us towards Tansley’s other pub 593 – The Tavern At Tansley DE4 5FR which is on the Nottingham Road and we decided to eat out to help out.
This was also food led, although felt slightly more pubby and it also
delivered a terrific pint of Landlord (Timothy Taylor’s).
I can recommend the fish and chips while the pub was ticking over nicely, the map on the wall kept us interested,
and more routes were mapped out for the final trek towards Starkholmes.
Sometimes. There is nothing BRAPA style extraordinary to say about a pub but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good ‘un.
Two thriving pubs in the hills of Matlock and the Derbyshire Dales both serving good beer and ensuring a seven mile walk had some suitable Gazza style refuelling stops.
Seven pubs adrift of the magical 600 number and Derbyshire’s seemingly inexhaustible supply of boozer continues….