A wet soggy start to the New Year but one with great cheer. I was reminded of this when we stepped out of the car and into the wind and driving rain. We parked the car at Blackwell (grid ref. SK126720). Joining up with the limestone way we dropped down into Cheedale. This route is an old favourite, we had walked the Cheedale disappearing stones three years ago, the conditions for that walk were somewhat better.
It has to be said that despite the driving rain we set off in enormously good spirits reveling in the oozing mud and farmyard stinks, we even jogged a little. As we dropped down to Cheedale along the Pennine bridleway are excitement increased we first reached the Monsal trail and the old railway, very exciting for Louis. Further on I revealed that we were to walk the stepping stones route this was greeted with much approval.
Cheedale was as wonderful as normal and with the rain as squidgy as normal this was fun for my two youngsters happily marching along. As we approached the Wormhill springs/Flag dale path Louis started feeling wet and cold. I'd hoped to get a little further along, I decided to carry him on my shoulders. By the time we got to the top of the hill to Blackwell we were blasted by the wind, Louis did not approve of this! I was keen to get us all back and Keisha gaily kept up with the pace I'd built up. After shedding our wet clothes and warming up in the car Louis and Keisha enjoyed hot chocolate and buiscuits, Louis was glued to Thomas the Tank engine on the television.