...and I walked back down again.
OK, so the hill wasn't big by international standards, neither was it anything significant like Ben Nevis or Snowdon (although Snowdon is in my sights for the summer), but it was a nice, peaky hill...in the Peak District.
We went away for the weekend a couple of weeks ago and stayed in Ashbourne, just to the south of the Peak District National Park. The very first weekend away Vicky and I ever had was to the Peak District, around the same time of year, so it felt fitting to return with a new pair of lungs to test out. We were blessed with clear and beautiful weather, if a bit breezy and chilly, and on Saturday we went to Dovedale and had a good walk.
As I'm sure some of you know Dovedale is pretty touristy, very beautiful, and has a hill called Thorpe Cloud. Last time I climbed Thorpe Cloud was four years ago during that first weekend away, so I had to make a comparison and get up there again. As it happened we ended up doing a rather longer walk after we came down again, along Dovedale and then up the other side of the valley and along the top. Needless to say it was easier than last time getting up the hills, and a joy to be able to do a 6 hour walk and still feel human at the end.
Here are some pics:
So then we walked along the river down the dale, and went up the side of the valley through some muddy woods. When we came out on top we could see this:
We carried on our walk, through a farm. Look at the sweet animals!
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