9 May 2018

Walkabout

The pictures above and below were taken yesterday. I  needed another walk having spent all of Monday gardening. 

I didn't want to travel too far. I left Clint in the shadow of Mam Tor just beyond Castleton and began the ascent. The second photograph shows the triangulation pillar at the summit of Mam Tor. Nearby a woman with two dogs was enjoying a view of The Hope Valley. 

Then I carried on to Hollins Cross where five footpaths converge. To the north you look down into the magical Vale of Edale. It was another hot day and below me the fields were peppered with tiny sheep and even tinier lambs. I took a picture of Hollins Farm. See below.

I pressed on to Greenlands - a remote farm that looks north towards The Kinder Plateau. Halfway along the lane up to Greenlands there is a convex mirror, placed near a tight bend as a motoring safety device, Here I took my first ever selfie. I was wearing khaki shorts, a red Popeye T-shirt and a blue sunhat from Malta. Quite a cool combo I am sure you will agree.

Soon I was ascending once more, up past sheep pastures where I saw a young lamb sheltering from the sunshine near a fence. The climb continued until I met the road that connects Edale with Rushup Edge. Not far to go now. Then I am descending - back to Silver Clint who is snoozing in the layby next to a rather sexy black VW Golf called Juanita. "Oh, you're back then!" Clint sighed.

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  1. Clint was just about to make a move on Juanita and you cock blocked him

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    1. Yes I "cock blocked" him. What a quaint Australian expression!

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    2. I learnt it from my kids so if the truth be known it's probably American!

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  2. It looks like a lovely walk and the view of The Hope Valley is breathtaking. You are fortunate to have such beautiful and serene areas to walk!

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    1. You are so right Bonnie and I am happy to admit that.

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  3. I like your selfie - it must have been tough doing that climb with your little short legs.

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  4. Again, wonderful photos. Isn't the north of England's countryside breathtakingly beautiful, especially on a fine spring day?

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    1. Yes it is Christina. Surprisingly, there is even some beautiful countryside in Lancashire!

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  5. That's a very clever selfie! Brave of you to wear a red T-shirt when crossing fields; a bull could spot you :)
    Your description of your walks are as magical as the lovely photos you take. I love the stone wall with the wooden gate. We are not allowed to walk freely on private property here and, closed gate would mean ”no trespassing”
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. We can't just walk freely on any private property. There must be a designated public right of way.

      Regarding red - I was wearing a red jumper last week when I walked through a cow field. They wheeled away from me and stampeded. It was just like being in a cowboy film.

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    2. Contrary to popular opinion, bulls do not react to the colour red. I was given this info in Spain recently. The reason bullfighters use a red cloak is to cover up the inevitable blood that gets spilled. Maybe you don't want to know that!

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    3. As the actress said to the bishop - "Thank you for your input Margaret!"

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    4. I didnt know that. Thank you Margaret x

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  6. Any mention of the Hope Valley instantly evokes fond memories in my mind, of the weekend I spent there in 2010 with my sister and two pairs of uncles and aunts. One of my uncles is part of a team of volunteers who run a converted barn as a bookable holiday place there, regularly hosting groups of disadvantaged youths for free.

    Also, I must say I am glad to know you do not neglect outfitting yourself in the most stylish manner when you're out and about, even if most of your encounters will be with lambs and cows.

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    1. With my selfie I was trying to emulate your own fashion shoots and had spent ages yesterday morning selecting my outfit. (If you believe that you will believe anything!)

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  7. I love the selfie! And I agree with Maria...it could be hazardous wearing a bright red shirt!

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    1. My younger brother gave me that shirt for Christmas. The image upon it is of the greatest American hero of them all - namely, Popeye The Sailorman!

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  8. You have a treasure where you can walk in the countryside through private property. That would never happen here.

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    1. In North America it seems that walking is pretty much something that only happens in national parks on designated trails.

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  9. I love the blurry lamb, and although I've never been much of a Popeye fan I can't take exception to a Popeye t-shirt. Great photos, as per usual! (Also, I'm impressed by your walks, which fluctuate much more widely on the vertical axis than mine do! (In other words, you climb hills and I don't.)

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    1. I like to plod up the hills, taking my time and pausing occasionally to rest. You get there in the end. Glad you like the blurry lamb picture Steve.

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  10. Looks like it was a perfect day for a walk. And like Steve I am impressed by the hills you climb!

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    1. In and around London there are no real hills so that is why Steve doesn't climb them. His home state - Florida is of course also very flat.

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  11. Pretty cool selfie! Honestly though....I love the lamb pic best.

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    1. First you build me up Kathy and then you knock me down! Thanks.

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  12. Time to give Clint "the talk"!!!

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