I was supposed to be making a start on the Pennine Bridleway, which just happens to follow the High Peak Trail for the first 15 miles. This initial section was going to be three days – starting at Wirksworth, then walking home to Hayfield with a couple of nights camping out.
It was last November (2014), and Geoff dropped me off at the starting point. He was on a long bike ride (starting at the same place as me) for the day and passed me in the afternoon on his way back down the trail.
The weather was gorgeous, and I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I covered the 15 miles to the Royal Oak pub at Hurdlow, where I was camping for the night. The views were far ranging and I hardly saw anyone.
What I hadn’t been prepared for though, was how sore my feet were all along the soles, after pounding a very hard, almost tarmac-like surface for the whole way. To be fair, I blame most of this on the boots, and have since got some new ones.
I pitched the tent in the field behind the pub and had a good night’s sleep, despite the fact that it went down to around -5C, but my feet were still pretty painful in the morning so I rang Geoff to come and collect me.
Maybe at some point in the future, I’ll continue from where I left off!