|Ram at Wickinford Farm|
On Friday, Clint and I drove over to Cheshire again - beyond Buxton but still in The Peak District. It was the hottest day of the year so far and all over England high temperatures were recorded - making it the third hottest day on record.
I drove through the hamlet of Bottom-of-the-Oven - yes you heard me right - and then turned up a narrow lane before parking in another tiny village called Forest Chapel. I was in shorts with my muscular weightlifter legs revealed for all and sundry to see. I slapped sun lotion on them - and on my face and arms too. Then I swigged a pint of water before beginning my trek - sensibly wearing my faded cotton beanie hat from Malta.
Five hours later - returning to Forest Chapel - I was as weary as a Chinese patriot at the end of The Long March. Positively mule-like, I trudged up the lane and was finally reunited with my silver machine - Lord Clint of Clintshire. I had finished the water in my rucksack four miles beforehand while looking over Lamaload Reservoir and so I was pleased that I had left another flask in Clint's boot. I drank it down like air.
Then it was back over the hills, through Buxton, Doveholes, Castleton and Hathersage. Still as thirsty as a Saharan camel, I pulled in to the car park of "The Norfolk Arms" at Ringinglow and ordered not one but two pints of bitter shandy. I guess I was in recovery mode after the hot miles I had plodded. These pints were guzzled quite rapidly and I was back home by six thirty.
It was a delicious kind of fatigue and after eating a hasty chicken salad with buttered potatoes I was soon snoozing on the couch, remembering the things I had seen in that lovely corner of Cheshire on such a wonderful summer's day. Sometimes I feel truly grateful to be alive, to be able to walk so many miles and to live in such an amazing country. Blessed, really blessed.
That sounds like a truly wonderful day. You are blessed. ❤ReplyDelete
And so are you Jennifer.Delete
And I am feeling fortunate tonight reading about it. It sounds incredible. Thanks!ReplyDelete
That's a nice thing to say Terry. Thank you.Delete
You're blessed that you have all the right of ways that allow you access to so many locations. we don't have the access.ReplyDelete
You are referring to one of England's secret treasures - our network of footpaths. Mile upon mile.Delete
I would not have lasted five hours in the heat, walking. I took the dogs for a walk this morning early to avoid the heat.ReplyDelete
I love the photos but I especially love the last photo, the gate and the daisies, so picturesque.
It was the rustic handmade gate that caught my eye.Delete
Five hours in that heat would indeed be a challenge but you were rewarded with wonderful pictures! Yes, you are blessed to be able to walk in such a beautiful area. That last picture is just perfect!ReplyDelete
And it's in such a lovely location too. At the end of a quiet lane with magnificent views of The Cheshire Plain.Delete
Lovely pictures but have visions of you returning to your car on all fours like the caricature in a desert. Five hours walking in extreme heat would have finished me off and I would have needed a vat of shandy to recover.ReplyDelete
As I trudged up that lane my walking speed was reduced to that of turtle on a beach. So weary.Delete
Think you are very brave to have walked that distance in that heat but lovely photos. Nature is a wonderful companion.ReplyDelete
Compared with walking in the south of Thailand, this heat was very bearable Thelma. Luckily there was a slight, cooling breeze.Delete
Sounds like a fantastic walk. I admire your fortitude for walking in that heat! I barely went outside!ReplyDelete
As Noel Coward sang, "Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun"!Delete
That was a very hot day to go walking! Makes me feel thirsty just reading about it. The ram's horns are amazing.ReplyDelete
That ram knows the true meaning of the term "horny"!Delete
As always, excellent photos YP. The ram looks quite a friendly chap, and the last one is worthy of painting!ReplyDelete
I give you free licence to paint the last one CG. Now, where are your brushes?Delete
Beyond anything but my dreams these days I'm sad to say.ReplyDelete
With every walk I undertake I am very conscious that this pastime will not last forever. I need to do it while I can.Delete
Goodness me. Had you intended to walk that far or did you just keep on going until you decided you had had enough?ReplyDelete
I may have been slightly ambitious with my circular route and annoyingly near the end I became slightly lost - adding an extra mile to the route.Delete
What a great hike. We've been out today too, but only a two mile round trip to scrump a few Tomatoes from a nearby farmer friend. Love that gate, farm, roof, etc.ReplyDelete
I love rustic gates like that one. Homemade with love.Delete
And you are! What a great day.ReplyDelete
Glad you could join me Ms.Moon.Delete
Smashing photos YP. Especially the ram and the daisies at Hardingland Farm. Please send some hot weather over here and some of that bitter.ReplyDelete
They're in the post Northsider. I wrapped the sunshine in bubble wrap.Delete
If you are not surrounded by beauty, you take some convincing pictures. Thanks from me.ReplyDelete
A lovely thing to say. Thank you Joanne.Delete
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