Friday -- Father/Son walk around Miller's Dale
Alex's school had Friday off for "Foundation Day" which a I presume is based on the school's founding day. As one co-worker commented, "what, the 7 weeks of summer break wasn't enough?". At any rate, I decided to spend the day with Alex by going on a walk.
The chosen walk was #8 in the Collins Short Walks book: Miller's Dale and Wormhill. It's about 50 minutes away. I took a slightly different route this time and I think I have a new favorite. It avoids the A6 and A52 while keeping to reasonable backroads (B5023 to A5012 to A515 for the locals). It probably helped that I didn't have my ASWS* with me this time too, so I could go a little faster around the bends.
*Audible Spousal Warning System
Geek stats: 5.1 miles, 2:41 total time of which 0:31 was resting (lunch and snacks). 1162' total up and down but it was fairly spread out and not too strenuous.
Interesting patriotism on a hillside on the way
Plenty of farm animals on this one. Not quite a stink-eye but close.
a little lacking on the views -- the woodsy bit is Monk's Dale but we essentially walked around it
one of the rest breaks -- Alex likes to have the map so he can track progress
more sheep and hills in a distance
My boy and me. I'm concentrating too hard on trying to take the photo.
and here's the bit we walked up -- a little scenery but this was mainly farm pastures
Ah, the slug streak continues!
sheep blockade -- they hurried along once we started coming through though
they evidently had a meeting to attend (Alex said it looked like they were lining up for Assembly)
down by the river -- this was nice
on the way back to the Monsal Trail and our starting point
So, the walk itself wasn't great. It was a little too agricultural even for me (I like seeing the animals, not dodging their byproduct). That said, we had a great time. Alex said it was one of his favorite hikes. Why? because it was with me. (Awww).
I capped the night off with a dinner with [just] Kuk as we returned to Masa's (the £15 voucher didn't hurt). We had a great, relaxed meal and a week's (or more) worth of conversation.
Saturday -- Father/Daughter walk to Kinder Scout
Kinder Scout. KS is the 2nd highest peak in England and is about 75 minutes away near the village of Edale. (I used much of the same route there, again without the ASWS :-).
Special shout out to Doug and Tara for giving me the idea (link).
The walk was 9.5 miles (!) in total and we did it in 5:03 hours with 1:03 resting (including lunch and a quick pub stop near the end).
We were about at the 1800' mark on the way up, fairly knackered, breathing heavy and with half my snack on my face when I ran into the RR Global Head of Functional Systems Engineering (i.e. my boss's boss and pretty high up the food chain). Not sure I looked my best. Oh well. Quite a coincidence.
I had some folks at work try to talk me out of this walk. Glad I didn't listen. It was great!
Pennine Way. Quite a bit of the trail was marked with stones which was nice (some notable exceptions to come). Lots of sheep so it's got to be good. (Notice Nicole's half-eaten apple!).
don't recall sheep lying like a dog
salt and pepper
how is this guy keeping up with us? (the streak continues)
we've been on a slight grade but Jacob's Ladder lies up ahead
half way (?) up and a look back to the valley
a waterfall amongst the hills and capturing the more rugged Dark Peak landscape
at the top of Jacob's Ladder looking back down the valley
another peak at the valley
crossing the "road"
self shot at lunch
Nicole on our lunch rock
more nice views of the valley as we work our way back along the upper plateau
rock star -- we are above 2000' now
rocks and bog -- typical landscape on the plateau (this "bleakness" is why some tried to dissuade us, but I like the contrast and the views to the valley below)
Nicole in front of said landscape
can you tell I like these valley shots?
Looking back up the "path" we came down
waterfall along the way down
down in the valley near the bottom it looked like Jurassic Park or at least Fernville
Edale now. What the heck where people doing here in 1577?
We had a fantastic time and it was really good to push our limits and do this more challenging walk. I'll have to see if the rest of the family are up for something similar.
I really enjoyed both walks with the kids. Glad they were each up for it.
Another "you know you are in the UK" when moment. This is on the A515 which is a decently busy 2-lane highway with a 50 mph speed limit. I guess when you have to move the herd, you have to move the herd. Based on the size of the udders, we both thought "I hope they are going to milk them now".
Ah, all good things must come to an end. Back to work tomorrow but what a great weekend it was. Have a good week everyone.