Last November, I made a start on the Pennine Bridleway. I’ve never intended to walk it in one go, but rather do bits now and then, and a few days ago decided to walk another couple of day’s worth.
I’ve always realised it’s not going to be the same as the Pennine Way, but nevertheless, still harbour a vague hankering after doing it as a contrasting route.
So, on Wednesday morning, I had Geoff drop me off at Blackwell and I followed the Way through to Peak Forest, where I camped in a tiny site for the night.
It doesn’t really need much of a description so I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, but I will say that I was very pleasantly surprised. I had a lovely day.
Of course the sunny weather didn’t last into the second day, did it? Dry overnight, it then decided to rain all through breakfast time – so I had a wet fly taking the tent down – and the skies were quite murky.
The route was a bit different today, but as it’s very much on home territory I knew what to expect. The first half was tarmac – albeit very quiet roads – and then the second half was the Dimpus Gate track that goes over the edge of the moors from the Rushup Edge Road, down into Hayfield.
The weather did improve for the morning though.
On approaching the Dimpus Gate track, however, the skies suddenly turned absolutely black and thick cloud rolled in. A lively breeze got up and I was convinced it was going to throw it down but in actual fact it didn’t, although the temperature did start to feel rather autumnal.
A quick lunch on the track then and onwards to home. Definitely two seasons in one day.