Last weekend we visited Bakewell Xmas Market, this weekend it was Chatsworth. As none of us like to get there really late when it is busy, we set off to get there just as it opened.
For some reason this meant we had to park so far away we were pretty much in Baslow (the nearest little village) but had to pay for the privilege of parking in Chatsworth – £10!
So we started off our Xmas Market trip by hiking for 809743 years to get there. Once there the Christmas spirit never really hit me. We bought some brownies, cured sausages and a double chocolate scone. kB fancies some churros so we bought some but no one was really bothered about them.
We (me and kB) left the others in the market and went to fly the drone. On the way in (during our voyage from the car park) I’d spied the Chatsworth deer and though that they would be a good target for practice. So off we went.
I spent some time practicing different shots, but my app kept crashing. Apparently it’s pants on Android so when I came home I bought a stand thing so I can connect my iPad to it.
As part of my holiday time I like to get out and about. Mam Tor has been on my To Do list for some time, but it’s never been at the top of the list because it’s almost an hour away. Not that far I know but it’s far enough at a 2 hour round trip, plus a walk when you’ve got gammy legs
As kB has two weeks off as well I decided that we should go on a couple of walks. Makes you appreciate eating warm, yummy food more if you’ve been out hiking!
The day was pretty nice, but the further out we got into the Peak District, the hazier it was. I also realised that my beloved 18-35mm had gotten stuck at a wide aperture (It capsized into a rock pool a year and a half ago, so it’s managed quite well since then really!)
After we had mooched around for an hour and half, we drove home, with a pit stop at Fox House for refuelling on the way!
I didn’t think I’d end up with much in terms of photos, but I used the Dehaze tool in Lightroom for the first time and I’ve been suitably impressed by it.
The weather said it was going to be cloudy but sunny this evening, so I decided to go out to shoot the sunset. My idea was backlit heather. When I got to the place I was going to take the photo there were a few other people there. Some had been out and were going back to their car, others were there with camera in hand – maybe they’d had the same idea as me?
We were all to be disappointed if that was the case though, as the clouds were all along the horizon and so there wasn’t really a sunset worth photographing. This was actually the second shot I took, but I thought it wouldn’t work out so I carried on shooting. Turns out this was the only decent shot I had.
Whilst I’ve been off I’ve been looking a walks. I like walking, but I’m a fair weather walker. But not too fair, because I don’t like being hot. I was disappointed that I got a tan in Norway, and it still hasn’t really gone!
The other week I went with my mum to the Peak District, and we did a walk from Surprise View car park, to Higger Tor, to Padley Gorge. It took us almost 3 hours, and it was quite a nice walk. A bit hilly in places, but my legs and knees were fine. We found the route on www.walkingenglishman.com and used his GPX file. It was the first time following a route and we didn’t do too bad, although we did end up a bit off track in Padley.
I’ve been looking at doing another walk with kB this bank holiday, and we decided on Curbar Edge and Froggatt Edge. We couldn’t find a GPX file for a circular route, so I made one. You can download it here.
I decided to not take my camera and just use my phone. Lugging around 12kg in a backpack isn’t the most fun, and often I take my camera and don’t use it.
We started at Curbar Gap car park. It’s £1.50 for two hours, £2.60 for 4 hours and £4 all day. It was a bank holiday Monday, and the weather was good; but we got there at 10am and it was pretty much full. We nabbed one of the last parking spots, paid for 4 hours (just in case) and set off.
The route is really easy (probably why there wasn’t a GPX file for it) as the path is pretty obvious and wide. The only time we got a bit lost was at the end of the Curbar Edge/Froggatt Edge walk, and connecting to the White Edge part of the walk. Another couple who were doing the same walk also got a bit lost as well though. To be honest I knew where we were heading, and I think had we just walked towards White Edge we would have been OK.
We tried to have a drink in the Grouce Inn before we walked up to White Edge, but it was too early – it didn’t open until 12.
Once we were back on the route to White Edge it was straight forward again. Wide, easy to walk path, with sign posts too.
View from a short way into the walk.
At the end of the route, back in Curbar Gap car park a ice cream truck had appeared. Then we went to the pub.
Total length of talk 19.36km (Including back tracking and being off route). It took us 2 hours and 25 minutes to walk the whole thing.
I spotted some deers at White Edge, but they were miles away. Besides it’s a bit early for deer season, and I didn’t have my camera.
After a rather cold and miserable week I suggested to kB that we go out for a walk. The chosen location was Wyming Brook, which isn’t far from Rivelin Valley that I’ve been to before, but although I’ve probably been to Wyming before, it’s not a location I can remember going to. It’s not too far out of Sheffield city centre, and is just past where my grandma and grandad used to live.
There is a little (free) car park, and the route is quite nice and easy. It’s very rocky and up/down hill but we looped around the whole thing in about an hour and half.
Before stopping off for a beer (for kB) and a diet coke (for me), and driving home.
After waking from her sleep she finds herself in an unfamiliar place. She must have walked here whilst she slept. There is heather as far as the eye can see, and the sun is hidden behind dark rain clouds, although it isn’t yet raining.
The sun has well and truly risen, and it is time to move forward and see what the new day brings.