Well, Peak Rambler’s Ramblings.... is two years old and I’m still blogging about my walks, though mainly in the Peak District, but some are in Snowdonia, and yes, if I was having a mid-life- crisis in my write-up for the first anniversary of Peak Rambler’s Ramblings, then I guess I still am going through that crisis.
Yet another fabulous year for walking, with some interesting and varied weather, some spectacular snow days, sunny days and even a really good wet day to test not just waterproofs, but also test a water filter with some really peaty water, and then drink it!
Oh, and I mustn’t forget, the Stag Do……
Before all that, I just want to wind the blogging clock back a bit further than the last twelve months.
All this came about sometime in 2011, the sixtieth anniversary year of the Peak District National Park, where a group of us, virtually all on Twitter, met one weekend at Monsal Head, to commemorate the Peak District National Park’s sixtieth birthday.
Some of those guys were bloggers, some keen photographers, others, shared the one common thing that we all had, a love of the great outdoors.
The guy who organised the weekend, Terry Abraham, alias Terrybnd, started out making short videos of the Peak District, some of the many fabulous places to stay and visit, has come a long way since those days, now making some fabulous in depth videos of other parts of Great Britain.
One such video, is the Cairngorms in Winter, with Chris Townsend. A really fascinating video and another due to be released video later this year, about the Lake District.
I’m digressing, because here I want to just pick up on the Twitter part. I guess you’re wondering where CB comes in to his, read on and you’ll see…….
Twitter, like Facebook and Google+, are great mediums for getting to know folk and communicate, often within the safety of your own home. You find people that share the same interests as you, or even gone through similar life scenarios like you. You communicate with them, and then you get to find more people who also share similar backgrounds or interests and before you know it, you build up a nice circle of friends using the current state-of-the-art communications system.
From there, you will meet some of them; have a social, a meeting or whatever.
Well, this was exactly how that meet at Monsal Head back 2011 went. We got to know each other via Twitter, or one of the many outdoor forums that were around at the time.
That got me thinking, that was just how CB, otherwise known as Citizens Band Radio used to be. You would talk to total strangers via two-way radio, get to know them, meet them, often at an organised event, called an Eyeball, and from there, many great friendships were established.
Now that was a long time ago, CB was almost state of the art communication back then in the late seventies and early eighties, only becoming legal in November 1981 by the then Conservative Government, under the leadership of Margaret Thatcher.
CB was all the craze in America during the mid to late seventies, brought about by the film Convoy and the spinoff hit and title theme “Convoy” in 1976 by CS McCall. CB started life out as a means of communication for the long distance truckers over there, when eventually it then found its way in to the UK, illegally. However, after a few years of campaigning, it was eventually legalised, but not the same system as in the USA.
I’ve digressed. I happy to say that I’ve managed to keep in touch with the vast majority of those who I met at Monsal Head and have made many more friends since then.
A couple of things that have changed, well, moved on, I’ve bought a GoPro Hero2 video, which I’m currently still on ‘L’ plates with using it. So Peak Rambler now has a YouTube page. Once I’ve mastered videoing, there will be a few more videos there.
Anyway, enough of that, let’s take a look back over the last twelve months of walking.
|A wild wintry walk around the Kinder Plateau|
Yet more playing in the snow, but not quite so exposed, but just as cold, in fact, with the bitter easterlies that day, much colder!
Here my snow goggles were put to good use along with my newly purchased Kahtoola Microspikes back in February.
|Close to Highshaw Clough, Derwent Moor, with my snow goggles and some proper deep snow!|
You can read about the day’s experiences in Derwent Moor to Highshaw Clough from Cutthroat Bridge
|Looking over to White Clough from the James's Thorn|
|Robin Hoods Cave on Stanage Edge|
|One of many small stone circles on Big Moor|
|Looking down in to Danebower Quarry, long since abandoned|
|Arbor Low Stone Circle|
|Llyn y Coryn, not far from Crimpiau|
|Lunch stop on Crow Chin, Stanage Edge|
Midland Railway line between Blackwell Mill, in Chee Dale and Coombs Road, at Bakewell,
|Monsal Weir, River Wye, Monsal Dale|
|Entering Entering Headstone Tunnel, Monsal Dale|
|Approaching the radio mast on Eyam Moor, visible from Castleton, Stanage Edge and Win Hill.|
|Mompesson's Well, a valuable trading point while the village of Eyam quarantined its self during the plague|
|Riley's Graves, a reasonable walk to the east of Eyam|
|The famous Salt Cellar, one of many weathered Gritstone formations on Derwent Edge|
|Approaching Win Hill in the cloud!|
Thank you for reading and following, once again it’s been another enjoyable year of walking and blogging as much as I’ve enjoyed the walking and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them just as much.
I can never find enough time to get out and walk, but one thing is for sure, I grab every opportunity I can.
I would like to say thank you to you all, for taking the time to read and also to those who have passed comments either via Twitter or to the various blogs I’ve posted. It’s been a pleasure receiving your feedback.
Finally, happy rambling and thank you for reading,
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Links to some of the areas I’ve mentioned and written about here but not covered in the blogs mentioned;