Since November last year, we've have set a target to have a weekend away every month. November was Whitby, December -Wales, January Haworth and February we had a two night stay at YHA Ravenstor, near Buxton. Not having a car at the moment these have all been done on public transport.
Every weekend we've been away, the weather has been freezing
and February was no exception.
YHA Ravenstor was originally built as the family home of the local mill owner.
On his death it was donated to the National trust and for many years has been on lease to YHA. Set in 60 acres of magnificent grounds with spectacular views, it was here that David Bellamy first got his inspiration,
on what is now called Bellamy bank.
On our first full day we went for a walk to the nearby village of Tideswell.
It was barely above freezing for the whole weekend
and the icicles were everywhere.
Tideswell Church - Cathedral of the peak.
We were originally going to walk to Tideswell and then get the bus back, but we weren't very tired and decided to walk back as it was mainly downhill.
But then Reuben decided we should take a detour up Ravenstor.
So off we set...
Having to almost crawl up the last part!
Spectacular views fron the top of Ravenstor,
with surviving patches from the last fall of snow.
The kids were pleased to see the youth hostel not too distant.
But the slope was so steep we couldn't get back down and from here you can't even see the steep gorge with it's sheer cliff on the hostel side.
So off we had to go in almost the opposite direction to the hostel.
looking for a way down...
and eventually we did!
It was worth the extra miles to see the old mill.
Back at the hostel, cup of tea and time to enjoy the view back to Ravenstor.
We all slept very well that night!
The next day we got the bus to the spa town of Buxton.
The pavillion gardens were created in 1876
to add to the attractions and increase the prosperity of Buxton.
The playgrounds are great, but again it was very, very cold!
Luckily there was a toy fayre in the pavilion, so we headed inside.
Slightly scary old mechanical toys.
At last we found some Barbie things!
Next door were the Buxton winter gardens
with the added excitement of hidden dinosaurs
And some beautiful splashes of colour and scent to lift the spirits.
The Hot thermal baths at the side of the crescent are now an arcade shopping centre. Built in approximately 1820 the facilities were elegant. The baths closed in 1963 following a steady decline in the number of treatments from the mid 1950s.
The baths' heritage was preserved by retaining a small plunge bath
within the complex as well as the original tiling.
Here are some of the photos from the boards outside the Crescent,
showing how it originally looked and how it declined.
When it's renovated I think I'll treat myself to a spa day
St Anne's well pumping out warm spring water
Revived by fresh air, exercise and sampling the Buxton spring water,
our batteries fully charged until our next weekend away!