When we pulled up to the youth hostel, I remember thinking this isn't what a youth hostel looks like...
Ilam Hall. It's pretty amazing and gothic like. Steeped in history with lots of stories and drama behind it. I was immediately under it's spell. Yep, at 16 years old, something other than boys had my attention.
I don't remember a lot about the trip other than the places we visited in Derbyshire. Dovedale, the stepping stones, Ashbourne. Such beauty. And I remember being called a geek for my interest in the outdoors.
But I was so in love with the place that three years later I went back for a mini holiday. And again the year after that. And again and again and again....
Here is my visit at 26.
The famous stepping stones.
Who'd have thought ten years ago I'd still be in love with a place?