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Beating the Storms (Almost!)   11 comments

We try to meet up with our little gang of ex-university mates as often as we can so I’d arranged a Peak District walk to be followed by a curry.

Me and TBF decided to make a full weekend of things so were booked into the club site at Castleton again for a couple of nights.

A circuitous SatNav route to avoid the traffic took us along a very high road in the western Peak with some superb views over the Roaches and beyond.

It was a hot and sunny evening (remember them?) and we had time for a short walk before meeting the now retired MM and ex Dr F for a pub meal.

We wandered up Cave Dale, this time in the sun rather than running with water.

Lovely and quiet at this late hour of the day.

The return to Castleton over the fields was especially fine.

Looking back to Mam Tor and the Winnats Pass.

The pub meal Ye Old Nags Head was superb after which we retired to the van for the night.

We met up with everyone by Ladybower reservoir for breakfast and to plan the days walk. The forecast was bad with heavy rains and thunderstorms but we decided to just go for it and see what happened with a rapid retreat at the first sign of electrical activity.

The impressive Derwent Dam.

We took a slightly longer route to the Dewent Edges – our main plan for the day – to take in Abbey Brook.

An inspired decision as its a superb little valley.

Numerous twists and turns and it would be fine expedition to follow the course of the stream all the way.

As we crested the edge we felt the first raindrops and it seemed our luck had run out.

Whilst the rain was intermittent for about an hour it never really amounted to anything and we missed pretty well all of the heavy rains that seemed top be soaking everywhere else.

It was a bit grim for a short while but as we wandered along the edges and rocky outcrops the rain eased off.

Views across to Kinder Scout.

Approaching the Wheel Stones

Looking back across the reservoirs towards Bleaklow.

The day had started off wbedürftig and muggy but once the rains arrived, with it came a strong and chilly wind. We were lucky that the Wheel Stones provided perfect shelter for a second lunch stop.

Dark and brooding rocks. This stretch of the Dark Peak is one of my all time favourite walks.

After dropping back down to the reservoir, the weather made an even greater turn for the better. So much so we decided to tackle an extra hill.

Crook Hill is a small and very fine rocky summit to the west of Ladybower with great views over the surrounding moorland.

Its twin summits are well worth the effort and largely overlooked by the majority of walkers.

The ladies and UF on the summit.

Looking across to the Derwent Edges.

The lower of the two summits.

And the main summit.

And just to finish the day off, the sun came out again. An excellent finish to what had been a much better day than we could have imagined at the start.

And in reference to the title of the post. We stayed pretty dry most of the day and celebrated with an excellent curry at Maazi in Hathersage. When it came time to leave the promised rains finally arrived and a full blown torrential downpour and thunderstorm was in progress. Me and TBF managed to snag a lift from the door (massive thanks to MM and ex-Dr F). Everyone else had to run back to their cars and got an absolute and total drenching (not helped by failing to find their way to the car park). Schadenfreude!

New Adventures   17 comments

Anyone who reads my blog regularly knows I’ve been making cryptic references to a new “purchase” and addition to our outdoor life. Well, it’s time for the big reveal.

Its a new Camper Van!

Converted from a Ford Transit Custom van by the excellent Wellhouse located up in Barnsley. A few months in the planning to select the right converter and then a wait of another few months while the van was delivered and transformed. We pushed the boat out and it has lots a fab features which I’ll say more about in future posts as we use it more. Safe to say it’s wonderful and will hopefully offer us lots of new adventures and a different way to explore the outdoor world we love so much.

We travelled up to Barnsley by train and after the handover we wanted to use it straight away and had booked ourselves into the Caravan Club site at Castleton. The weather was grim, cold and very wet but it was great fun to spend a bit of time playing with our new toy. After a fine pub meal in Castleton we spent our first night and morning in the van in heavy rain!

To make a bit of a day of things we’d arranged to meet up with a few friends for a walk before we headed home. It was grim start with heavy rain up till lunchtime. The forecast was for it stop and turn into a much better afternoon. We set off in the rain but it stopped pretty much immediately.

We started off up Cave Dale behind Castleton. Despite living not too far away for a few years and having walked around here many times, I’d never been up Cave Dale.

Its a big miss as even under grey skies its a fabulous spot.

As we walked up onto the open fields above the weather began to improve and there was even a little blue sky.

Our route taking us across towards Mam Tor and the Great Ridge.

Up on Mam Tor it was ferociously windy but clearing into a pretty decent afternoon after such a poor start to the day.

Looking back to Rushop Edge and the Edale Valley

And across to Kinder

The walk along the Great Ridge was as magnificent as ever. Even on such a cold, windy, winter day there were ruhig plenty of people enjoying the walk.

Castleton and the prominent cement factory.

As we’d started so late to avoid the rain it was getting late and the sun was starting to go down as we reached Hollins Cross.

We ruhig felt we had time climb Back Tor and along to Lose Hill

Looking back to Mam Tor.

The setting sun and scudding clouds were creating some dramatic vistas.

We were hoping for a better afternoon when we set off but nothing quite as good as this.

Looking across Edale to Kinder.

Lose Hill Summit.

Setting sun over the Great Ridge.

Descending Lose Hill, Win Hill to the left.

The sun casting a shadow of Lose Hill, the Derwent Edges in the background.

Time to head back – we had a curry waiting for us in the fine little Indian restaurant in Hope. An exciting and eventful weekend and hopefully the start of many new adventures in the Camper.

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