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Walking weekend in the Peaks [20110213|18:00]
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15/52: The Peaks
15/52: The Peaks

We went on holiday to the Peak District with our walking group (yes, we are OLD) at the end of January. The usual suspects were augmented by some new faces, but the basic strategy remained the same: Pub on Friday night, Strenuous hike on the Saturday, pub on Saturday night, "Easy" hike on Sunday, home on Sunday night.

This time we stayed in Ilam Youth Hostel. Up until last year, this converted mansion was very basic. Post-renovation, it's now rather swish. Sure, you still sleep in bunk beds, but it's pretty easy to pretend you're lord/lady of the manor.

Chrome Hill

Chapel attached to Ilam Youth Hostel

Chapel side door ("1618")

Surveying the grounds from the Italianate gardens

Route-planning in the games room

Many sheep watched us begin our ascent

Starting up Chrome Hill


Very steep!

Last of the decorum from the race to the top

At the top! WIN!

Oo-er, god-light

Traversing the ridge

I will sit here until I attain enlightenment



Lunch spot

Spectacular view from lunch spot

Back to the road before the last peak

Had to stop here for a pint, of course


Puffing up the last peak

Kicking back at the top of the peak

Getting close to the end

Dovedale Canyon

Anyone for Pooh-sticks?

Bunster Hill

The sheep are always watching. Always

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-02-14 10:57 (UTC)
Thank you. It's such a magnificent place.
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[User Picture]From: helpful_mammal
2011-02-13 19:37 (UTC)
Awesome :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-02-14 10:54 (UTC)
Yes. Such a beautiful part of the world.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2011-02-13 23:19 (UTC)
I love seeing the area through your eyes!

So was it as cold as it looked?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-02-14 10:54 (UTC)
Yes, it was about half a degree above freezing during the day!
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[User Picture]From: feylike
2011-02-14 05:36 (UTC)
very nice. i like the crepuscular rays.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-02-14 10:55 (UTC)
Crepuscular! Now there is a word that needs more regular airings. I shall endeavour to use it.
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