The Journey There and Back Again

As I previously mentioned in my post about walking in the Peaks, I was determined to get us out for a proper full-on walk during this holiday. We set a day, arranged to borrow the dog from my Mum for the day, and googled a walking route. The one we decided on was Castleton – Mam Tor – Losehill Pike – Castleton. 6 1/2 miles, we figured we could do it in an afternoon (keen to avoid an early start). Castleton is a quaint (hubby’s new favourite word) little village in the Peaks, famous for it’s castle (hence the name), caverns, Blue John stone and cream teas.

DSC_0259_2After a bit of a stress in the morning, we finally arrived at 12.30, parked at the Information Centre and set off across the fields towards the caverns.

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See that brown rocky bit behind the first green mound on the left? Then along the ridge? That’s where we were heading 🙂

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Rather than give a step by step account of our hike, I’ll just share zillions of photos and the most memorable moments (hello alliteration). Are you sitting comfortably with a cup of tea and a biscuit? Off we go, alors.

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Still a bit of snow hanging around…which made it all the more muddy!

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See that white-ish spike towards the right? That’s near where we started. It’s pretty satisfying being able to see where you’ve been…and then daunting to see where you still need to go!

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Up we go…

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It was WINDY. Alfs’ little ears were flapping all over the place, bless him.

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At the top!

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Just look at those skies. I love the mixture of sun and shadows on the hills…it was a stunning day to be high up.

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Looking back along the ridge… 

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See the high bit in the middle? Mam Tor, the biggest climb of the day, that’s where we were! And oh my word, what a sky.

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The way ahead. Two more hills to climb.

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One man and his dog 🙂

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Little village to the left was our starting point.

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Our penultimate nemesis.

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Looking back.

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Dramatic skies.

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Phwoar…look at those clouds!

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On the way down.

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The pup enjoying the view. 

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Mount Doom, anyone?

Throughout the whole day, I just kept smiling and giggling like an idiot…I was just really happy. Content and just enjoying myself, well and truly. Not worrying about work, or other people, or anything else about life. Just me and my best friend walking in a beautiful place. I’m very thankful that despite being busy, it’s been a very relaxing half term and I feel like batteries are recharging 🙂

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