Section 5

The penultimate stage of my walk followed the Pennines, along the backbone of England.
Leaving Ashbourne I entered the Peak District along the Tissington Trail, a cycle route built on the track-bed of an old railway. I then passed through Great Longstone on my way to the plague village of Eyam, and onto Hathersage before leaving the Peak District. Further north my route took me to Marsden, Mankinholes and Hebden Bridge then onto Hawarth before joining the Dales Way at Ilkley. I then followed the River Wharfe up stream, though Burnsall and Grassington, before crossing the main Pennine watershed and picking up the River Dee to Dent.
The Pennines are made up of two sedimentary rocks; Limestone and Millstone Grit. I entered the Peak District on Limestone, but in the Peak District the Millstone Grit is never far away and the buildings are frequently built of both. North of Eyam the buildings and moors are all in Millstone Grit, until the Limestone returns in the Yorkshire Dales.

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