Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Rock the house down

 It was one of those "what shall we do days!" as the weather was cold in the strong winds but it was bright sunshine.. We discussed it over breakfast and decided to go for a walk up to the Kinver Edge. You can just see us on our mooring here!

It was a short walk to a footpath which took us across a field and up a bit of a climb to St Peter's Church on top of the sandstone hills of Kinver.

The views here are amazing and we spent some time here soaking up the sun and the fresh air, but sadly the church was closed.

We then walked on to the National Trust area of Kinver Edge where the path takes you up to where a Fort once stood and a marker at its summit.

Again we spent time here taking in where we were as the views were well worth the walk up here.

From here it was a tricky walk down to the Rock Houses.

There were also a lot of caves.

Yes, these were houses built into the rock and were occupied by the boaters and ironmongers of the late 1700's.

They brought coal down from Birmingham to forge the steel for so many projects for Brindley, who even stayed in a house in nearby Compton (which is in the Kinver district) while the canal was built, now called Brindley hall.

These rock house's can be viewed as they are now owned by the National Trust, and due to Covid it was only five pounds to see them.. It turned out to be one of the best fivers we have spent and we really enjoyed our walk round.. You can't go right into the houses, but can put your foot in the front doors and get a good feel of the place..

There is also a little tearoom here where we had a cheese scone and a coffee.

We then walked down the path into the town of Kinver again and explored the high street.

We took the short walk back to Derwent6 and soon felt that we had done the six miles in the wind and sunshine today. It didn't help when we lit the fire making Derwent6 all cosy. In the evening we did our now regular zoom call to all the family for a catch up.. What a lovely day!  

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed your post very much as we have also done this and recognise all those fab places.
Wonderful pics of the rock houses too, you were lucky to get rereshments up there in these difficult times.
There don't seem to be many boats out there cruising at the moment, do there?
Ann and Keith xx