If set the task of choosing which of Dovedale or the Manifold Valley I like the best I would have to go for the Manifold. It’s where my family come from. It’s steeped in history of industry and agriculture. It’s quieter and less known. It’s astonishingly lovely and it even has a legend of a headless horseman. Dovedale is grand though, especially if you get there early on a weekday morning.
This familiar hill is near Berrisford Dale on the Staffordshire, Derbyshire border.
Hartington is where I cross my final county border (there have been a good few of these … I think I crossed and re-crossed the Leitrim/Roscommon border about six times in one morning!) and I’m back in the county where the ride began. The town is busy and a procession of hikers have put on their best walking trousers…
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