It is training time.
A few months ago I suffered a midlife crisis, and became very aware of my own mortality. I think it is that big 40 coming up that was the kickstarter to the midlife crisis.
Anyway, getting to the point, I asked on Facebook who fancied joining me on a 23 mile hike up and down the Yorkshire Three Peaks; to my surprise a fair few friends said yes.
So in less than six weeks, myself and at least twenty other women are going on a long ass walk.
We are so not prepared.
Lets go walking
This weekend I decided to brush off my walking boots, they have not moved much since I climbed the Atlas Mountains two years ago. I fished out my walking trousers, and then went out and bought some new ones once I realised I had grown *cough*. I also bought a new first aid kit from Engelbert Strauss, because safety when hiking is pretty flipping important (and I picked up a nice new Hoodie from the online store as well!) Finally, I got some goodies for the puppy so she could come along.
Then, because I really love a weekend away, I booked at hotel in the beautiful village of Hathersage and decided to really get those legs moving!
Stanage Edge and Millstone Country Inn
We stayed in Millstone Country Inn, a fantastic base from which to start our hiking adventures. The puppy was allowed to sleep in our room, and the Sunday morning breakfast was phenomenal to set us up for the day.
For those who like to mix walking with ale, there is a fine selection. For those of us who like a Prosecco after a hilly hike – they have plenty! The evening grub is good, and no request is too large. I went completely off menu and was easily accommodated, and the stuffed plaice was simply to die for. At circa £100 a night for a double room, this place is great value.
Outside of eating and drinking, we did actually do our fair share of walking around Hathersage and beyond. I think the total mileage came to around 14, my legs felt like we had done at least 100.
Hathersage is close to Stanage Edge, so you can get a decent ascending walk up to some fabulous views. Highlights to look out for include Little Johns Grave and Robin Hood’s cave. But nothing can compare to the beautiful views you get across Derbyshire from the top of Stanage Edge.
The walk gets quite testing as you climb obliquely to Stanage Edge, my little legs thought they were on fire once we reached the top; but the view was worth it.
Even the rain didn’t spoil the beauty of Mother Nature’s playground.
Plus the puppy thought it was the best day ever!
Turns out I have missed walking, downhill…..
That uphill climb still needs some working on.
6 weeks to go!
Wish me luck!