Two teenage dirt bags, in fact.
The ones scrambling down towards Castleton from Peak Cavern in appropriate footwear.
And the soundtrack in the rather elegant Ye Olde Nag’s Head, as I closed in on completing Derbyshire for another year.
And before you ask, this IS the pub young BRAPA just blogged about.
The blog where he moans about a little walking in the peaks as if he’s climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on something.
To be fair, I only had the 25 minute trudge from Hope and back to do. Of course, if you bought a train ticket to Castleton* you’d end up in the suburbs of Rochdale, and probably trespassing on Tandle Towers. Don’t do that.
Only a second pub trip to one of our top tourist honeypots, 25 years after an average pint in Robbie’s Bull’s Head.
One of life’s many mysteries is why our best loved spots for visitors often have so few GBG entries, e.g. Bakewell, Stratford-on-Avon, Glastonbury and Chatteris.
Plenty to admire in Castleton, though little to distract BRAPA from his One True Path.
The village was packed on Sunday with dozens of folk hoping to try out their new Sports Direct kit, or buy pointless pieces of rock, or find better Bakewell tart than in Bakewell.
Surprisingly, Ye Olde Nag’s Head seemed to have quite a few drinkers.
Only joking. It was all tourist diners discussing Ronnie Sullivan.
It was immediately clear how the OSH has made the Guide this year, Sharp’s classic finally breaching the Peaks.
Being a bit of a beer snob, I went for the beer that Melissa Cole brewed, just to annoy Pub Curmudgeon with a hazy half.
Pretty good, in fact a deadringer for the Bradfield Belgian Blue we know and love. NBSS 3, as you can tell from the lacings.
A decent table though, and a chance to enjoy the Greater Spotted Guardian Reader Family at close quarters. They couldn’t recognise the Wheatus track.
“FIVE nights in Majorca. ALL IN. For £140. 140 !!!”. All with rising intonation.”
All very Peak District, but also all very Sheffield.
I grabbed a minted lamb pasty on the way back to school, as I’m classy.
*Other “Castleton” misunderstandings are available.