|New friends from the latest walk|
One of the downfalls of it always being me planning the walks is that my own preferences always come to the fore. If you take the weather factor out of the equation then if I’m planning a day’s walking it will be the Lake District ticking off some Wainwrights. If the forecast for the Lakes is a bit grotty then I will sulk a bit but then spend an inordinate amount of time planning something that will fit better with the projected weather, day length and time of year.
|Very cold down by th'cut|
We had arranged a date well in advance and so it was incredibly lucky that when the allotted day came the weather was perfect – bright sunshine and the temperature somewhere around freezing. Thick frost covered trees and grass, the puddles had a skin of ice, any mud was frozen solid and the air was crystal clear. I would take a day like that anytime, even over a summer’s day. As I had left all the details of destination and route to Colin he had to direct us to where we were to park and by a little after 10 am we were pulling our boots on in a layby just short of Hebden Bridge.
|Don't be fooled - its still a good way off|
|Getting a little closer ...|
|All 121 feet of Stoodley Pike Monument|
|If you are thinking Wuthering Heights you are wrong ... |
That's across the valley
So, what have we learnt from this escapade? Sometimes you don’t have to drive all the way to the Lakes or Wales to have a really great day out. Sometimes it’s good to let other people choose where you are going and, of course, do the navigating and sometimes instead of driving past things and going “ooh, that looks interesting” try stopping and having a look.
Of course, there is one last thing. Now Colin has introduced us to the South Pennines and done such a good job of it into the bargain, it now falls to me to show him a good walk in my home territory with a pub thrown in for good measure – walk and a pub? Sounds like a plan ... now where are my maps?
You can read Colin's blog about the South Pennines here: footstepsfotography