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.
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.
This place was out of this world beautiful.
The purple heather glowed intensely against the green and chiseled hills.
We climbed gradually through little streams..
…until we reached the last scramble to the top.
Taking a little breather, we savoured the view. And I took a photo of our feet…
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!
And then the path turned back downhill along the well paved pennine way, where we met up with loads of long distance walkers.
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.
Next up our adventures of getting lost in Gradbach and discovering the most incredible secret cave!