On the edge looking down

by backpackingbongos

I am feeling totally kippered this morning and the dog is surprisingly quiet.  Yesterday we squelched along a grand promenade for miles above the 2000ft contour.  My map says that we did 13.5 miles but my body this morning and the fact that it took 9 hours tells a different story.  Constantly detouring around deep wet peat and searching out ground that did not want to remove footwear took time.  I regretted not taking my gaiters, an essential bit of kit on this sort of terrain.  There was a moment of tragic comedy watching Reubens reaction to a particularly vicious hail storm, from the look in his eyes I think I got the blame for that.

The final hour and a half was done in darkness by the beam of head torches, deep bog awaiting the unwary.  The darkness under the plantation canopy absolute.  A full post in the coming week.

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11 Comments to “On the edge looking down”

  1. Lovely pic! One man and his dog… …when you say ‘head torches’ (plural), you don’t mean…

  2. Now, that’s happy! looks like u have a friend for life there

  3. He is a stunning hound Pete. ‘Headtorches?’, don’t worry I had another human with me, although I am sure that one would look good on Reuben!

    I do hope so David!

  4. You’re on the path from Grindslow Knoll approaching Fox Holes and Grindbrook Clough 😉 (Geez! I’m sad! I need to get out the Peaks!)

    See much in the way of the peat restoration up on Kinder James?

  5. In fact, I think I’m wrong on the exact location, no? Near it though 😉 LOL

  6. You have got the right hill Terry but are on the wrong side of it! The photo is looking towards the top of Blackden brook. There was a helicopter going back and forth all day taking bags of something onto the moor. The bags looked like patches of snow from a distance against the black peat!

  7. The bags were full of hessian that they put down over re-seeded eroded areas. We were directly underneath the helicopter for much of Saturday. It was noisy.

  8. Sounds like a round of the Kinder edges to me:) When I lived in Derbyshire, I used to do this at least once a year – a great bogtrot.

    Ian.

  9. James- I was just about to guess your location in that picture when I saw you’d posted it. I was looking forward to getting 2-0 up on Terry 😀

  10. Hi Martin, wondered what the bags were. What part of Kinder Scout were you on?

    Ian we did the whole of the northern edges from Crookstone Knoll to the Snake path – peat glorious soggy Peat!

    Next time Northernfall!!

  11. We were on Bleaklow James. I’m just processing some photos to be uploaded later.

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