Another ambitious 2 hour walk yesterday, after that first push westward towards the Peak.
A grey day, always threatening rain but a day wise enough to hold off till I’d got home.
Stannington had been calling me since that first walk up Hagg Hill on New Year’s Day.
Down beyond the bubbling streams and sweaty joggers of the Rivelin Valley lies an unexpected cluster of tower blocks.
There were 3 pubs near the Stannington flats at Deer Park, but they’re all permanently closed now. I DID think of taking photos of them but you get odd stares when you take shots of child care facilities, Co-ops and gyms, so thought better of it.
So, no pubs at all to serve half the population (10k); for pubs you have to head up hill towards the medieval village, which is getting quite cross about houses in the nearby valley.
The 3 pubs (a 4th just demolished for housing) are what I’d call “plain”, and mean it as the highest compliment.
Your two favourite basic pub reviewers got to the Rose & Crown 10 years ago; Alan gave it 6, a harsher Will a point less. Will took the 61/62 bus up here, but I won’t hold that against him.
The Peacock has escaped the attention of the tickers, old and new. Not sure which of those two signs are odder.
Not a lot to see in the village, best head on to the ice cream and carols in Dungworth.
But stop to admire the impressive 19th century church,
and a final pub just up the hill.
Alan found Kelham Rider AND Pedigree 10 years ago in the Crown and Glove, which sounds like a Smiths B side. A nice stone-built, sprawling pub, it also offers the local specialty of giant Yorkshire puddings on a slate.