It’s been an interesting and enjoyable year, blogging.
But how do I blog, what would it cost, would I have to set up a web page....
Questions questions and the answers just seemed to appear when I was browsing my Gmail account.”
Lathkill Dale, where the villages of Over Haddon and Lathkill used to draw their water supply from the River Lathkill many years ago, was a dale I spent many hours walking through as a child, sampling the water and water cress from the fresh water springs that lay alongside the River Lathkill.
Monsal Head and Monsal Dale also played a large part in my childhood walks. However, the rest of the walk covered some new ground for me, namely Tansley Dale and Litton.
|Looking back to Mam Tor from Back Tor|
Stanton Moor is an old favourite of mine, both as a child and adult.
|Robin Hoods Stride|
Today, it still holds that special place, the Nine Ladies Stone Circle, just seems to call me.
|Nine Ladies Stone Circle, Stanton Moor|
|My map for the day, on a nice A4 size sheet|
|Tuff Map, showing map and seperate cover|
|The wreckage of the B29 Superfortress "OVEREXPOSED",|
where thirteen men lost their lives.
|The Bristol Blenheim wreckage on Bleaklow|
I’ve been to Tissington Well Dressings, along with many others, many times as a child. They’re all good in their own way, but Tissington, always puts on a grand village festival, blessing and celebrating how those who used the wells for their water supply, never suffered any ill health or water shortage.
|One of the Well Dressings in Tissington.|
This is 'Coffin Well',
so called because the trough from which the water is drawn, is coffin shaped.
|What is left of the remains of the Boulton Paul Defiant, on Bleaklow|
A venture in to the Dark Peak, just to north east of the Ladybower Reservoir, lies Derwent Moor, overlooking the Ladybower and Derwent Reservoirs, exhibiting many fascinating rock formations, with even more fascinating names.
|The Cakes of Bread, on Derwent Moor|
|The Liberator wreckage as we approached it from Mill Hill summit|
|"This was a rare occasion where I actually saw the plateau in daylight"|
|The Crimea Pass from Moel Siabod Summit|
|Parkhouse Hill, the peak on the left, and Chrome Hill, the peak on the right|
|Alvin photographing the Kissing Stones.|
|".... Goathland, which is pretty much as you see it in the TV series Heartbeat,|
with the sheep wandering freely around the village"
I will say at this point, I am not an ML nor am I qualified as as one. But the time I spent with ML's has been extremely educating and interesting, not just during my time as a Scout Leader, but subsequently while out in the hills and on the moors.
"What's in my pack?" has been edited in to six parts for the Cotswold Outdoor Community section to share with others and hopefully give people an idea of what to carry in their packs while out walking.
|Looking up to Win Hill summit|
|My first sighting of the Sabre F86 wreckage|
|The Trig point on Stanton Moor|
|A cairn, one of the many historical features on Stanton Moor.|
When route planning, a thought to share with you
One thing I've observed, through studying maps, and what I've picked up over time, and more recently with internet research, very often hill and mountain names are not unique to that particular hill or mountain you're on or interested in.
There are instances where some share the same name as two of three others, may be even more!
I mentioned ealier that there was more than one Beinn Bhreac. Likewise in North Wales and Snowdonia, there is more than one Moel Eilio, possibly three, though I'm currently struggling to confirm that one.
So when you're route planning, make sure you make it clear which and where that particular hill or mountain is, the nearest town, village or notable dwelling, along with grid references, so if by some unfortunate event you do need assistance, then those who have to go out and rescue you, know more precisely where to start looking.
Finally, happy rambling and thank you for reading,