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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Edale May 6th 2013

First of all, some personal news. My company announced just before I left for Brazil, that we would be shifting half our office from London to Amsterdam - which means that if all goes according to plan, my days in London are numbered and I will be moving to Amsterdam at the start of next year. I am definitely excited about it, as I think I have run my race in London - I am looking forward to a fresh start in a one of my favourite cities in Europe, a city I felt was eminently liveable the first time I visited the place. I'm a bit tired of London's hustle and bustle and am looking forward to moving somewhere a bit smaller, friendlier and laid-back. The upshot of this is that I have suddenly realised ... read more
Castleton Valley
Stalactites & Stalagmites
The Woolpacks

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Edale November 6th 2012

November 6th, 2012: Torside to Diggle (13-ish miles) … Last night, after some appetizing pub grub at The Peel’s Arms in nearby Padfield, we laughed that our routine in a Bed and Breakfast was not like that of most B&B visitors. Most B&B guests read, eat and sip tea(1) and otherwise enjoy slow-moving days. Not us. We hang our dirty socks out to dry; we shower in our clothes; we drape our tent over the curtain rod; we blow-dry wet clothes and our wet boots; we restock our toilet paper reserves. And that’s not even the half of it. Chores are a big part of thru-hiking. The main task is of course walking, and it dominates the day. But there’s also the need to eat, poop, brush teeth, comb through the knots in your hair, navigate, ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Edale November 5th 2012

November 5th, 2012: Devil’s Dyke to Torside (5-ish miles) … Upon waking, Ruth and I realized that it was November 5th, otherwise known as Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Day/Night. The day, and more specifically the night, originates from the failed attempt of Guy Fawkes and other terrorist conspirators to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605. The detonation was to take place on State Opening day, when the King, Lords, and Commons would all be present in the Lords Chamber. The precise motive for the plot is unknown, but it is speculated that it was to unseat the king(1). In the immediate aftermath of the arrest of Mr. Fawkes(2), who’d been caught guarding an accumulation of explosives in the cellar, the king’s council allowed the public to celebrate the ruler’s survival with bonfires, so ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Edale November 4th 2012

November 4th, 2012: From the top of Kinder Downfall to Devil’s Dyke (5-ish miles) … “I’m not your steppin’ stone.” ~ The Monkees “Day two!” I exclaimed to Ruth when daybreak disembarked. “We should go for a hike!” Already, the two of us have learned a few things about this Pennine Way. Its name suggests a certain clarity of direction, but this is far from reality. Way is definitely the most apposite label for it. It is not necessarily a path or a trail; it is a route, a bearing, a trend. “Go that way!” it beckons, even when The Way or your reasons for hiking it aren’t clear. There are times when The Way is a road, others when it is a trail. Sometimes it’s grass, other times it is sand. Quite often it is ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Edale November 3rd 2012

November 3rd, 2012: Harrow to Edale via train; Edale to the top of Kinder Downfall via foot (5-ish miles) … Sleep is not a strong point of mine. Never has been, probably will never be. So it wasn’t too terribly unexpected that I was unable to sleep last night. Usually, it’s emotional turmoil that keeps me lying there awake("Foot"note #1), tossing and turning, but last night it was excitement! Pure, untainted excitement. Like most grown-ups who get to decide for themselves, I had gone to bed late. It was around midnight when I finally hit the hay. This wasn’t too unusual in itself. What was unusual was that as soon as I laid down I remembered ten more things to do. Rarely do I have ten things to do during a given day, let alone ten ... read more

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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Edale November 2nd 2012

Harrow, England, another of London's many suburbs. It’s Friday, November 2nd, six years to the day since I completed my last thru-hike. That one was along the world’s longest and most magnificent continuous path, the Pacific Crest Trail. Tomorrow, Ruth and I will be setting out for a much shorter version (just 1/10th of the Pacific Crest Trail’s length, in fact), a Thru-Hike Lite. Fewer calories, but presumably with all the aftertaste! For what it’s worth, post-epic-journey aftertaste is always a sweet one, and I look forward to it again, so long as I can digest the whole experience. Rarely do I attempt anything without the intent to finish it in its entirety. And even though I wrestle with the whole notion of what precisely an “adventure” is, I know the longer it tends to last, ... read more
Long Term Forecast

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Edale October 29th 2012

Man invented airplanes so that he could travel vast distances in an instant without seeing a single thing en route. I am seated in one such airplane and all I can see is the back of the seat in front of me. It’s not difficult to see since it’s a mere six inches from my face. The passenger in front of me has reclined that seat so that even if I were Harry Houdini I could not escape. I’m not sure how I’m supposed to do much else but suffer. And suffer, I do. While passing the time has always been a favorite pastime of mine, sometimes there are times when that time doesn’t pass quickly enough. To be sure, this is one of those times. It’s an eight-or-so-hour flight from Chicago to London’s Heathrow Airport ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Edale April 15th 2012

This morning, we woke up early to beautiful sunny skies, and took some peanut butter and jam sandwiches with us on the hiking path (it was too cold to sit still and eat!). We decided that since we had scaled the mountains on the south side of the valley the day before, that we would spend today hiking the mountains on the north side. As per usual, the hike started by going through a series of sheep fields. It was lambing season, so there were hundreds of baby lambs around. We saw one that was so young it still had its umbilical cord and could barely walk! While hiking along the famous Pennine Way (a major hiking route through the region), we met another little lamb. "3-1-7", as he became known, was either a little confused ... read more
Campsite in the Morning
Look, that's the campsite!
Fiona and Will Pose for a Quick Shot

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Edale April 26th 2011

............Well it was FREAK Weather for a British Bank Holiday Weekend......the sun shone for four days, not a bit of rain, hardly any cloud and just a whiff of a breeze......that's pretty freaky for the UK!! We camped in Edale in the Peak District National Park, a lovely little village with a gorgeous church, two pubs, a visitor centre, a National Trust Cafe, a Coffe Shop, Post Office cum Corner Shop and two Camp Sites. The Nags Head Pub at the top of the village marks the official start of The Pennine Way; a footpath that stretches for 267 miles to Kirk Yetholm in Scotland. We walked a small stretch of the footpath (obviously not to Scotland because we only had four days), the views in the area are stunning. Our plan was to stay two ... read more
Building the house
Fieldhead Campsite
Which way??

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Edale July 4th 2010

One of the best things about the UK is how easy it is to get out of London and spend a weekend in the great outdoors. If I'm not hiking through a national park at least once a month I start to feel a little enclosed. The national parks here are fantastic and vary so much depending on which part of the UK you end up in. I never thought I'd get such a lift from spending hours walking up and down hills, (ok I still prefer the down), but the views are amazing no matter what the English weather throws at you. If the sun is out it's a miracle and if it's overcast you get amazing skies, the heavy rain is not so much fun, but gortex solves anything and there is usually a ... read more
the gang
me again
stone walls




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