A favourite destination of mine is the Derbyshire Spa town of Buxton. It’s a relatively easy rail journey from where I live and an enjoyable one too. Climbing up and out of Manchester from Piccadilly station and into the Peak District. For part of the route the railway runs alongside the Peak Forest Canal to Whaley Bridge, that makes it useful for a day walking the canal. Train out and walk back or vies versa. Its a walk I did earlier in the year, a blog of that day is in the works as they say.
This day was a cool, overcast November one, I wanted to be out and about in in the daylight and fresh air, both of which are always a rare commodity at this time of the year, when the days seem to be about three minutes long, no sooner have you arrived somewhere than it’s growing dark and your thoughts turn to getting back home.
My target for the day was Solomon’s Temple, a folly standing on a hilltop above the town. It’s a cylindrical tower built in the 1890’s on the site of an earlier tower constructed by a local pub landlord, Solomon Mycock sometime in the 1700’s. In it’s turn Solomon’s tower was on the site of an iron age barrow.
It’s a relatively straightforward walk from the town centre, out past the Pavilion Gardens and Poole’s Cavern To The Country Park and Grin Low Woods. Where the paths snake their way through the woods up to the summit, still pocked marked with the remains of the limestone quarries and ovens that fed the areas appetite for lime plaster and burnt lime to use as a soil dressing for the local agriculture.
The day was a damp and overcast one but not unpleasantly so, it added an air of mystery, with patches of mist clinging here and there to the trees.
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