Sunday 15th October 2017 Perfect walking weather, pleasantly warm but not hot and a gentle breeze. Although it was a bit misty with a fine rain as we travelled over the Dark Peak to our destination, by the time we alighted from the coach at Grindleford Station, it was dry and pleasantly mild for the time of year.
We got off the coach and down to the Cafe at the station where there was a delay for toilets and then a couple of sneaky bacon butties, before we could head out from Upper Padley and up through Padley Gorge onto Hathersage Moor.
Although it looked bleak on top of the moors, by the time we climbed up to Higger Tor and the Iron Age Fort, the mist had lifted and we took our first coffee break.
The walk continued to Upper Burbage Bridge, and up to Stanage Edge. Walking along the edge we passed the B team and Robin Hoods Cave, then before descending had a second break for lunch, whilst the B team continued on their way.
With light cloud and sunny patches there were some great views, but Maurice wanted us to move off whilst he ate his apple (or was it a leak).
The B team were also having a pleasant day, judging by the smiley faces.
On the way back down to Hathersage, the B team took their final stop as we headed past.
But there was another sting in the tail as we headed up to the top of the village and the church.
To see Little Johns grave.
and finally reaching the Little John Hotel and a well earned pint, we awaited the B team and birthday girl.
After a second pint and a piece of cake the afternoon walkers headed out towards Bamford.
This was a really fabulous day out, a brilliant walk thanks to Carol, assisted by Sue who kept a tight ship at the back, and Ash who led the B group. A busy day for Carol, as she also handed out the Calendars, and a special mention for Colette who organised Bev's cake.
Just a reminder to everyone that Joy will require final payment for the Christmas Party on the next walk, and Carol will still have some 2018 Calendars left if anybody else wants one.
Thank you all for contributing to another great day out, and we look forward to seeing you all again on the next walk. Best Regards, Phil & Bev