Christmas in England 2006
DAY 17: Sunday 7 January
Monsal Head provides a superb view across the valley of the River Wye as it turns round a large meander. A disused railway viaduct transects the valley. In summer the area is popular with walkers.
Ashford in the Water
From Monsal we drove the short distance to Ashford in the Water to view the old stone "Sheepwash" bridge. Apparently the sheep were herded to the bridge, penned and the ewes and lambs separated. The lambs were taken over the bridge into a paddock downstream and then the ewes were driven into the river, to swim across to rejoin the lambs. They were thus well washed and ready for shearing.
Magpie Mine, Sheldon
Just above Ashford in the Water is the small(er) village of Sheldon. It is surrounded by disused mines, mostly lead mines. In some cases, there are only piles of rock left but the Magpie Mine was one of the last to remain operating and much of it has been preserved. It is a cold, bleak place, high on the hills, and is a favourite photograph when covered in snow.
The village of Eyam is well known as the "plague village" for its self-sacrifice in containing the plague in 1665. But it was also the home of several Froggatt families.
Froggatt Edge & The Chequers Inn
Our last location of the day was another visit to Froggatt Edge. The rain had gone but there was a strong cold wind blowing up and across the edge. We then dropped down to the Chequers Inn for another pleasant stay at this wonderful rural pub.
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