Stanage Edge

Wednesday 24th July 2019

Following three days of walking in the Peak District, this was decided to be our communal ‘rest day’. Two of our party took this literally, while Jenny and I were keen to get another walk in. We each went our separate ways and, as she headed east to climb Win Hill, I would breach the outskirts of Sheffield to follow a route inspired by The Walking Englishman.

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Kinder Scout and the Pennine Way

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Perhaps my biggest personal goal of this week away in Derbyshire was to explore Kinder Scout. Two years ago, I’d only made it as far north as Edale; some distance below the plateau, even though I enjoyable a memorable walk along The Great Ridge.

My goal of bagging the highest point in the Peak District was shared among the rest of the cottage and so, after a short drive to Edale, we were soon on our way.

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A Return to Dovedale

Monday 22nd July 2019

In preparation for this ‘Week in the Peaks’, I’d drawn up a private shortlist of walks I might be interested in leading with our small group. From memory, I believe there were nine entries. Some of which I’d walked alone within my two previous trips to Derbyshire.

An opportunity to revisit Dovedale was on the cards – quite literally, a sub-ten mile route was among the AA Walks route cards in our possession. I wasn’t leading this one but I believe we extended the length a bit.

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Axe Edge and the Dane Valley Way

Sunday 21st July 2019

I spent the last week in the Peak District for a duration of seven nights and almost as many days. In the company of three friends (the same trio with whom I travelled to Snowdonia in July 2018), we set ourselves up in a holiday cottage just outside of Buxton.

Arriving on the Saturday afternoon and without a firm plan for the days ahead, we turned our attention to likely walking routes for the next day. I believe the inspiration for these walk came from the AA – who, as I mentioned the other week, no longer appear to publish their routes online.

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Back on the Black Mountain

Sunday 19th May 2019

Less than a year after my first walk in the Western Brecon Beacons, I returned to the same area with a near-identical group of people. New peaks to be bagged, cairns to be spotted and a chance to visit ‘The Other Lake’, after wading knee-deep in to one of the pair, last summer.

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Staple Fitzpaine Herepath

Sunday 12th May 2019

This would be only my second ever walk in the Blackdown Hills AoNB. Both walks have been events led and created by Brunel Walking Group, where I have simply followed along and observed… Even though I probably live closer to this portion of Somerset than ninety-nine per cent of our club’s membership!

A chance to bag a trig, reach the highest point and explore paths that I would otherwise ignore. I made the drive down solo, straight from my home in Weston-super-Mare.

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Castell y Bere and the Dysynni Valley

Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 2019

It was time to begin the long journey home from mid-north Wales. A fantastic weekend of walking had left me with little energy to attempt another full day out with the prospect of conquering the Aran ridge.

But I wasn’t keen to press on with a four-hour drive to home and Normal Life. I’d thought about stopping off in the Cambrian Mountains, maybe even the Brecon Beacons or Shropshire… I was invited by my friends, Dave and Susanna, to join them on a fairly-local walk they’d discovered online the night before.

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