Heavenly Edale

Having grown up reading Enid Blyton books, I am obsessed with the english countryside. Here the woods truly feel like enchanted forests, and I can easily imagine wishing chairs, fairies and magical beings of all shapes and sizes.

I can’t wait to get to the countryside and spend as much time as I can exploring and hiking.

 

To save money and also because I now really enjoy it, we camped. I used to hate camping – back before I discovered blow up mattresses and hot water bottles. Now I love it. I love the simplicity of life. I love waking up in the middle of the night and walking to the loo in the dark, eyes up at the sky and taking in the wonder of the universe. I love that I am awake for the dawn and outside during sunset. Basically I feel completely in love with nature – for 48 hours or so.

Using my ‘amazing places to walk‘ book. I found this gorgeous circular that joins up with the pennine way.

The whole walk I was singing – ‘it’s oh so beautiful’… because it really really was!

We started in the lovely little hamlet of Edale at the foot of the pennine hills. It’s a quiet little place with a few coffee shops and a camp ground.

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We donated some money to the mountain search and rescue guys (just in case….) and set off into the trees and across this beautiful wooden bridge.

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This place was out of this world beautiful.

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The purple heather glowed intensely against the green and chiseled hills.

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We climbed gradually through little streams..

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…until we reached the last scramble to the top.

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Taking a little breather, we savoured the view. And I took a photo of our feet…

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We walked along the top of the hill and came across these unusual rock formations – probably blasted into these shapes by the wind over the millennia.

Edd took the opportunity to test his balancing skills!

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And then the path turned back downhill along the well paved pennine way, where we met up with loads of long distance walkers.

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As we passed back through the luscious farm land a gentle rain began to fall. The pitt patt of the droplets hitting off our rain coats kept us company on the last walk home.

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Next up our adventures of getting lost in Gradbach and discovering the most incredible secret cave!

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