Soon after returning home from the Channel islands I was off once again on another mission to tick off another high point from my list and this time I was to be accompanied by Chris. Chris lives in Bournemouth so I drove down to pick him up and then headed north to the Peak District in Derbyshire. Our campsite was situated in the small village of Hulme End in the south of the Peak District not too far from the town of Ashbourne, It was a lovely campsite on the edge of a hill and we pitched up our tent right next to the river Manifold. It was not long before we were visited by lots of ducks.
The walk was really nice, as it wound through the valleys and along the river, it was very green, I think there had been a lot of rain and as it was July there had been a lot of growth recently. The walk went over a few bridges and we were passed by a few people and cyclists but not many, it was nice for it to be so quiet. The path also passed below a few caves including Thor's cave, a natural cavern used by ancient humans to live in. Eventually we came to the half way point which was marked by a little tearoom where we stopped for a drink and snack.
Carrying on upwards we arrived at some rocky outcrops where we stopped for some photos and then we made ur way onto the the top of Kinder Scout. Here is where it gets complicated, Kinder Scout is the highest point of Derbyshire however the top is so huge and so flat it is difficult to know where the actual highest point is, I had a rough idea so we headed across the marshy land and found what we thought was the highest point and took some more photos, The highest point is 636.3 metres above sea level.
The route we had decided to take took us straight down to the car in a fairly straight line however the path was pretty much vertically down another waterfall, This was a bit worrying at first because as we stood on the edge looking down we couldn't actually see where the path went below us. it was slow climbing but we found the path down and it was probably one of the most exciting paths I have ever taken. Looking back up at the route behind us we both couldnt believe that we had climbed down it. From here it was a fairly flat walk along a small stream and then back to the road and back to the car.
That evening we had a meal at a local pub and then had another rest at the camp site before our long drive back home the next day. It was an excellent trip and the Peak District is an amazing place, Kinder Scout is well worth a climb as it is a fascinating place. Thanks Chris for an excellent few days away.