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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Kinder Scout and Jacob's Ladder

Last night Martin came around and we all went out for a Curry and some beers. Today Me and Amanda had planned to go on a nice long walk, and I felt I needed it after the amount of curry we got though last night. We decided to do a walk around Kinder Scout and Jacob's Ladder in the dark peaks near Edale. There is only one word I can use to describe this 9 mile walk, STEEP!!!!!

We left the house around 9.30 and drive to Edale for the start of the walk, this took around an hour. We got ready and set off. The first 40 minutes of the walk was quite difficult as you basically have to climb Kinder Scout to the top of the ridge. Again we was using the AA book, and it was about as useful as a chocolate teapot.

We already have the white peak OS map, but I am now going to get the dark peak OS map and maybe treat myself to a GPS locator. One guy tried to give us some directions and sent us off on the wrong way, even though he had a proper map, but luckily someone else who knew the area well put us on the right track. The weather was pretty good for most of the day. Overcast and cool, but this was good as the other week it got a bit to hot. It was very windy on top of the ridge though. Good job we had lots of clothing layers with us to break the wind.

The scenery was very stunning, similar sort of wow factor to Yosemite in California. Lots of rolling hills and rocks. We made sure we took lots of sandwiches with us today as walking 9 miles (and alot of it walking up hills) meant we would be peckish fairly often :-)

I thought we were doing really well walking along there, until we saw a load of nutters who do hill running come bombing past and running up the hill. I felt like collapsing just watching them. There were lots of mountain bikers out too, especially near Jacobs Ladder Path, although we did see one guy fall off his bike at high speed. We went over to check on him, but he seems OK, just a little dazed and confused. He soon got back on his bike and went racing off.

By the time we got to the bottom of Jacobs Ladder we were knackered, but we still had about 2 miles left to get back to the car park. This was a difficult 2 miles as alot of the ground was very uneven, but we got there in the end.

My legs feel like they are about to drop off at the moment, but it has been a great day. The weather was mostly good. It started raining at one point, but only a little bit. Nothing heavy enough to ruin the afternoon. This walking malarkey has been doing wonders for the waist line. Lost over half a stone over the past month. We just need to keep it going all through the summer.

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