Today’s walk was the anniversary walk and meal.
The weather as we left Wisbech was not very promising with intermittent showers.
On arrival at the car park at Deeping the rain had stopped but was still windy. A change was made to the planned route as we would not make it back in time for the booked meal.
The start of the walk followed footpaths between housing estates followed by crossing muddy fields as can be seen in the photos. The reward of the 3 course lunch at the end of the meal at The Bull was very good and we were all glad that we did not need to continue a walk after this ( well except back to the cars)
Given that the weather wasn’t that great during the latter part of this holiday (strong wind and heavy showers/rain), it was a little surprising that I walked on 9 days out of ten covering a total of 58 miles with 9,900ft of ascent. I was able to do many new routes and to recce a post-Christmas walk. The company of Bea and Amanda in the middle of the holiday made for an interesting diversion and I think that we all enjoyed our walks in Monsal Dale and from Eyam. The totals for the season have now risen to 377 miles with 70,600ft of ascent. The challenge will be to exceed these totals next year but as I will be doing 192 miles on the Coast to Coast next June, then this shouldn’t be too difficult. I left Castleton for the return home at 08:00 but got caught up in the rush hour traffic around Chesterfield and it took me 45 minutes to do less than half a mile with congested traffic light junctions and roundabouts.
A day of disappointments! I set off early today to do a short walk before the forecast rain started to fall. It was only a short drive to the start point for the walk on the Longshaw Estate but when I got there, before 09:00, the weather didn’t look too good so I went on into Sheffield to look for “Footlose” a Paramo clothing stockist. I found that it was in a seedy rundown part of the city with shutters on the doors and windows and didn’t open until 10:00. I decided not to wait and went on to Bakewell instead. Despite having said the Mountain Equipment shops sold down-market products, I bought two base layers at ??10 each. From here it was back to the caravan site to take down the awning before the rains came. It was when I came to put the awning in the boot of the car that I found that the boot wouldn’t lock. I called on Green Flag who sent a breakdown van from Grindleford and was with me within 30 minutes. The mechanic decided that the boot lock needed a new motor and we made an appointment to take it to the Vauxhall dealer at 08:00 in the morning. I hope that they can fix it while I wait. The final disappointment but one that was more easily rectified was to find that the gas bottle, used for early morning heating, was empty. I was able to purchase a replacement from the caravan site office for ??22. I’m hoping that the repairs to the car will be covered by warranty and won’t add further to the expense of the holiday. ??