Another weekend without our campervan! Those who know us will be aware of the saga. I can't provide further details due to impending court cases, but suffice to say we should've had this van at least 12 months ago.
So we decided to take ourselves off to the Peak District for a bit of a stomp in the fresh air and to take our minds of the frustration of still not having our van. Cathy had recently bought a booked called "Pathways - journeys along Britain's historic byways, from pilgrimage routes to smugglers' trails". There was one particular packhorse route, starting in the village of Edale and climbing up through a valley to the top of the moors to visit Jacob's Ladder, which looked about the right distance......looks can be deceptive!
Sandwiches and flask made and rucksacks packed, we left home at about 0930 and had a steady drive to the car park on the edge of Edale village, arriving about an hour later. Our route was taking us on a circular walk in an anti-clockwise direction. It was a breezy and cool day but the sun was due to shine and we started off with coats packed away. The walk took us through the village and out onto the footpath heading up and through a valley known as Grind's Brook. This started off as a limestone path with the brook down to our left. But it soon became a very steep clamber over large loose boulders. Had we strayed from the path? Nope, there were plenty of people ahead of and above us climbing to the top. This was certainly unexpected and Cathy was feeling the pace. But we had a few water and breathing stops on the way and finally made it to the top. It was cold and very windy up there, so we found some shelter and had our lunch (tuna mayo butties - our walking staple) with a cup of hot tea, plus a shared granola flapjack that we had bought in the small shop in Edale.
|It starts easy|
|then....blimey do we need to go up there!|
|"I don't remember signing up to this" said Cathy!|
|Great view from our lunch stop at the top|
|Top of the World!|
|It was very windy|
We followed the path along the top of the ridge - man it was cold despite the sunshine. The path swung to the top of Jacob's Ladder, a large, steep stone pathway that's part of the Pennine Way, where it joins the packhorse route running from Hayfield to Edale. We stopped in the shelter of a large mound and stone outcrop and had another brew and shared the second flapjack bar, before descending Jacob's Ladder through another valley. This gave us very wobbly legs!
|Gritstone outcrops around Crowden Tower|
|Some very weird shapes|
|The descent of Jacob's Ladder made our legs very wobbly|
We really enjoyed the walk. It's fair to say we're not 'walking fit' so we do need to get out more and plan to do this when our campervan's eventually ready!