Tonight’s Garden View and Tomorrow’s Challenge

A very simple delivery to the Sculpture at the Sanctuary Exhibition this afternoon, literally dropping off and leaving them to do the installation. We spent more time in the tea rooms, chomping on coffee and cake provided gratis by the organisers. Very civilised.

A slightly dreary drive via Mansfield and Chesterfield through showers and rumbling thunderstorms, but the slow ascent and then descent down into the Hope Valley was pretty remarkable, like being on top of the world.

Our first experience of a Camping Club site, having joined up a few days specifically so that we could come to this site. Very clean and well organised it is too, and a short walk into Castleton. We did a brief evening walk around the town, the entrance to Peak Cave (a.k.a. the Devil’s Arse) and out along the edge of the valley to take in the view across to the ridge that forms part of tomorrow’s challenge.

We’ve got about a 15 mile walk planned, starting off with a stiff walk up to Lose Hill, then along the ridge via Mam Tor to Brown Knoll. Depending on energy and weather, we might make a dash for Kinder Scout, the Peak Districts highest point. Then a descent via Jacob’s Ladder towards Edale before climbing again over the ridge to return to Castleton. Hopefully the wether will be good, the thunderstorms seem to have passed and the forecast looks promising, but it’ll be hot and sweaty either way.

But first we think we might start the day with a full English breakfast courtesy of one of the many pubs in Castleton who all seem to be in on the act.




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