Sunday, January 15, 2017

Soggy and Boggy Litton Walk

We met the Castle Mountaineering Club at Litton, Hugh greeted my children with the words kids "do you want to call child line"? This is typical Hugh humour. Today was not a particularly pleasant day for a walk  as the remainder of the dusting of snow was being washed away by steady rain.

Andrew and Ali planned an excellent route. The route took us out of Litton along church lane to Tideswell. From slancote lane we walked along to Monks dale and followed the limestone way towards Wormhill. From here we dropped down into Millers dale there was a lot of water and the main path was under water.

Conveniently, at Millers Dale railway station the rain eased and we sat on the benches to eat our sandwiches and the last of the Christmas cake. Hot ribena restored some warmth to us.

We continued along the Monsal trail until Litton mill where we joined the path to Tideswell dale. There was much entertainment trees decorated with baubles and a cave explored a little way by Hugh and myself. Thanks to a head torch from Louis, Hugh and myself ventured along. Further along the trail some signs had been altered both Keisha and Louis find this highly amusing and were giggling their way along the path.

A fungus decorated tree along Tideswell dale. Returning to Litton Keisha and Louis were still laughing about the sign. My attempts to calm them failed. Hugh, kindly intervened and picked Louis up and deposited headfirst him into a puddle, well almost. We were all laughing. Despite the weather we had a wonderful day.  It was good to meet up with friends from the CMC again and to meet new friends. 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Fog on the Sky line

We have some great plans for the new year running, climbing, walking and scrambling. Today, I tried a favourite route that I've blogged many times, the Edale Skyline. This is a great training route for big racing ambitions and I have a new ambition! It was great to get out with buddies from the North Derbyshire Running Club.  Mat and Steve, two speed merchants from the club blasted ahead up Parkin Clough and onto Win Hill despite loads of training this is still a challenge for me! They also went really well up Lose Hill and Mam Tor although I must say I've noticed a slight improvement in my own performance. The route is shown below.
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It was a wet foggy day as we  headed up onto Rushup Edge, there were some nice views as the cloud cleared momentarily. I was surprised by the great stone slabs across Brown Knoll making the crossing here much easier.

We were all delighted by the stone features (the zoological park) on the southern edge of the Kinder plateau. Despite being very boggy we were all moving really well across the southern edge. Near the Druid stone, to make sure we picked up the correct path taking us near to Crookstone barn, we had to check the map and compass. This proved to be a wise idea as we had to take a couple of details or otherwise attempt the Kinder orbital!

The final section back up to Win Hill is always a sustained push and I suffer on this once again I felt it was quite difficult bet I do feel somewhat stronger. A mistake with today was that towards the end I felt quite low energy. Although I'd ate and drank properly the previous evening I wasn't taking on sufficient energy throughout the run. Looks like I may try the tailwind again.




Here are some pictures of us celebrating new year 2017.

I took some pictures of family with the photo booth sticks and put them all together using an app called piccollage

                             I hope you had a great 2016 and I wish you the best of luck in 2017.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Candyfloss fun

Today we made some candyfloss, this was a Christmas present.
 When I opened this at Christmas I wanted to use it and today I used to for the first time and surprisingly it turned out quite well.

Heating up the machine.
 In the instructions it told us that before you start baking it you have to heat it up for about 5 minutes.

A close up of inside the maker.
 The part inside the black hole is where you put in the sugar and it spins up turning it into fluffy candyfloss when the floss starts to appear you collect with the stick by spinning it around the bowl.

Here is a link to a timelapse of me making the candyfloss i hope you enjoy it

Glyphs at Gardems

Today we went for a short walk. We started by walking over to gardens edge and walking onto the top of birchens edge. When we were about half way there we stopped to look at the ancient ruins carved in the only hollow rock picture below. The one we looked at was only fake however the real version of it is in Weston park museum to preserve it. It was really icy as we were walking down therefore we had to be careful not to slip on the ice. We saw some boulders on the way down and scrambled to the top of them and our dad talk a picture of me and louis there pictur below. We carried on walking we reached a part where we had to go onto the path because we weren't on the right path so we crawled under a gap in the drystone wall and we were underneath barbed wire. At the top of birchens edge we saw 3 boulders lined up in a row. They were each named after a ship and we climbed to the top of the one on the right which was named the royal sovereign. At the top of it we ate some christmas cake and drank some hot ribena. After that we walked back to the car park and that was the end of our short walk.

Christmas fun

Christmas fun
we've had a lot of adventures, cake and sweets this Christmas

My mum bought us a chocolate cake by cake a doodle do.

Me and dad did a santa run at Queens Park.

When we got there we went on the swings for fun.

Before we started it my dad had a chat with his friend.
We saw a man running on a snowman.
There was a stream of red.

A picture of me walking.

We did a walk and looked at this view.

we walked up that plain
We sat on a rock.
The wind was strong.
It was hard to get down the hill.

We went through this valley.
That is the path.
It was a scramble down a waterfall.

route for Grindslow Knoll and Grindsbrook clough 

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