Well, Friday evening’s planned escape up to the Dales was effectively curtailed. Within an hour of me getting in from work, not only were all major trans-Pennine routes either closed or treacherous, there was so much snow outside our house we’d have had to put the snow chains on the van, just to get off our road.
Saturday morning brought slightly easier conditions in the village, but still Snake, Woodhead, Cat and Fiddle, Holme Moss, the Otley by-pass, etc etc were all still closed. By the time everything had eased further, it was realistically a bit daft to be charging up to Malham for one night. But what to do? We had a motorhome laden up with dog food, human food, 70 litres of water, wine… we couldn’t waste it all, we had to go somewhere.
‘I know,’ says Geoff, ‘How about going south?’
So, we went to Teversal – the other side of Chesterfield. Caravan site practically empty, but with a shower block that has won National Awards (how sad is that?) and a dog shower no less (which we used twice just for the hell of it, much to Dixie’s disgust) – what an adventure!
And this morning, ever the intrepid explorers, we mounted an expedition and successfully managed to scale the highest point in Nottinghamshire: