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.