We really enjoyed this one as it had varied scenery (and as it turns out weather), had a nice pub near the end and was a good distance for the crew. Highly recommended.
The weather forecast wasn't the best but it looked like we had a few windows of opportunity. We got an early start to give us the best chance. You really just have to give it a go here because it will rarely be perfect (and rarely consistently miserable).
Since the starting point was farther north than usual, I opted to take the longer, motorway route (to avoid the A6) which took just over an hour. This had us go through Sheffield for the first time. Can't say we've missed much there.
Stats for the 7 of us: 5.4 miles in just over 4 hours (2:34 moving; 1:36 not moving, including a pub lunch). I like the fact that 5 miles qualifies as a short walk for us now!
This route was in 2 different walking books that I had. One had a shorter route (the pink cut through) and another had a longer version. Glad we did the longer one as some of the best views were along that ridge. You can see from the light blue tracking trace that we inadvertently started down the the more obvious shorter route before realizing that we need to backtrack. I was too busy yakking with Jay.
The first bit of the walk was through some sheep fields. We had a hard drizzle at this point. It wasn't too bad and we all were generally prepared for that level. I've heard that some say there is no bad weather, just bad clothing. Not sure I fully agree, but we didn't get to that point on this walk fortunately.
more baby sheep (Nicole requested that I not call them lambs, since, you know, that's what we, um, eat)
momma coming over to protect the babes -- quintessential stone fence as well
random horse amongst the sheep -- he/she seemed out of place
a nice sample of the scenery
Ah, the first peak at the reservoir on the other side. We walked along the ridge for a bit with varying views like this one.
Nice one of the boys taking in the view. Karl is 3 years older than Alex and shows great patience with him.
taking in two parts of the reservoir and the bridge
closer view of the bridge with the sun shining now
It's tough to see, but at this point it started hailing on us. That came up really quick.
I even splurged for a proper lunch -- lamb chops were the special of the day and I couldn't resist.
Finally, the homestretch from the pub to the car and this typical moor-ish scenery.
Great walk and a nice lunch. Glad the Seppanens could join us. I've already picked out another walk further up (and on the other side) of the reservoir. Looking forward to that one as well.
Another Round of Food
a few more items from Jamie's 15-minute meals this week
Chicken Cacciatore--decent, but not in the top 10
a repeat, but photo worthy -- salmon and cod with lime, honey and sesame and . . .
a side of crunchy veg on noodles (that you can't see)
Have a good week everyone.