Poles in the Peaks

Steve Ellis News

With temperatures soaring all over the UK, we realised how lucky we had been in booking this weekend for our “Peak District Nordic Walking Weekend” way back in January.

Seizing the opportunity to catch up with old friends who are becoming regulars on our weekend trips; we gathered at The Old Nags Head pub in Edale village on Friday early evening prior to supper at the Youth Hostel.

Catching up over supper...

Saturday morning after a hearty breakfast, we set out with super weather forecast. Our circular route would take us around the surrounding hills with fabulous views into Hope Valley and the Vale of Edale. Leaving just after 9am, the sun was already shining strong as we head east.

Before we knew it we were high above the valley looking south towards Lady Bower Reservoir and west along the Vale of Edale with the length of the railway line disappearing under the Kinder hills on its way to Manchester.

Heading down from the Roman Road at Hope Brink to the Hope-Edale road, we were soon ascending Lose Hill, before striding out with our poles across the broad ridge line towards Hollins Cross and Mam Tor – possibly one of the first hills I walked up as a boy around 40 years ago…it seemed a lot bigger then!

Whilst enjoying lunch on top of Mam Tor we decided to extend our route and continue along the ridge before taking a northerly turn that would lead us into the valley at Barber Booth, then just a short walk into Edale itself.

Rushup Edge...

Our evening meal would be taken back at the village pub which serves excellent cuisine and great local ales (and other refreshments!).

Great food and I’m assured great beer at the Old Nags Head in Edale...

With the sun still beating down, we enjoyed thirst quenching drinks before ordering supper and a glass (or two-ish) of something nice to accompany the excellent pub food.

To save weary limbs, Dave & Steve wondered off to retrieve vehicles from the Hostel whilst everyone else enjoyed a few more beers safe in the knowledge that their taxi service would arrive shortly….along with a bounty of flap jack and triple choc brownies!

It had been an excellent 23km day of Nordic Walking with great company, super scenery, amazing weather and as we enjoyed a brew on the Hostel lawn overlooking the valley we hatched a plan for another walk on Sunday, before heading to our dorms around 8.30pm!

Our hatched plan involved an early breakfast, then parking up in Edale village so we could get a prompt start on our Nordic Walking day. Leaving from the official start of the Pennine Way by TheOld Nags Head pub in Edale, we headed along the valley towards Jacobs Ladder. With the weather changing from sunny to drizzle and cold winds then later to sunny again, we left the main track at Swines Back and made for the unusual rock features at Woolpacks, Crowden Tower and Foxholes, before descending Grindsbrook back to our starting point.

Back to Edale...

It was a super route that extended a few comfort zones during the rocky descent and with the weather changing so quickly another reminder of why we “prepare for the worst, and hope for the best!

Rehydration before heading home...

Present over the weekend were: Julie & Martin (from Sunderland), Kevin & Jane, Dave (our newly qualified Instructor), David, Mandy, Bernadette and Meriel – who as well as being one of our longest serving Nordic Walkers, Meriel was also enjoying her first weekend trip with us.

Our team for the weekend was sadly missing Marcus who had been injured a week earlier following a collision with a cyclist whilst waiting to cross a road – we hope he makes a full recovery soon and will be out with us again soon!

We are hoping for more weekend adventures soon…perhaps a combined mountain and coastal/beach Nordic Walking weekend may feature?

For more information regarding our trips, you can keep up-to-date with what’s going on via our Newsletter.

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