The day after arriving in the Peak District, at my sister’s house, we set out on a crisp spring morning (a chilly 7°C) with my parents and sister’s partner.
We took the train, from Chinley to Edale, so we could hike back across the hills, covering nearly 400(m) of elevation gain in 12km (nearly 8 miles).
Edale is a small village at the start/end of the UK’s first and most famous long distance walking path – the Pennine Way. In 2010 my sister walked (jogged) the entire 267-mile walk in a fortnight, from the Peak District National Park along the Pennine ridge through the Yorkshire Dales and over Hadrian’s Wall, up into Northumberland, across the Cheviots, finishing in the Scottish Borders (snapshots of her experience, with my Mum and Dad supporting her, are on the blog).
Our walk started out by following the Pennine Way through the Vale of Edale via a climb up Jacob’s ladder.
It was a good climb up that Jacob’s Ladder!
I admired the waterfalls and mossy rocks along the way (I have a bit of a ‘thing’ for moss and all its differing textures and varying shades of green!).
After our climb we set out along the peaty ridge-line – which was paved with a stone-slabbed footpath most of the way.
We left the Pennine Way behind at that point, instead heading South then West, to skirt Brown Knoll towards South Head.
Admiring the lambs along the way, and the stone walls and daffodils (at least I was – on my quick 10 day escape to the UK from autumn in NZ!).
We arrived back in Chinley mid-afternoon and enjoyed a lovely meal at my sister’s house, followed by an evening watching old cine-film clips from our family in the 1970s and looking at old photos. A perfect end to a wonderful day.