My planned walk was just under eight miles, but in this terrain, and on the route I'd chosen, that also meant we'd be doing more than 2,500 feet of ascent. A hard but rewarding day lay ahead.
Show me a wood in the morning, and I'll show you heaven!
We both LOVE woods at this time of the year. The light is really great on the stark trunks, but there's a promise of life. A few tiny shoots or buds, a lift in the greenery. Whatever, it certainly lifts us!
Already we were being treated to a great variety of birdsong. Only a few hundred yards from the car, and we'd heard many, many varieties.
Here's a fine example of before, and after.
When we topped out, we got this super view of the Lose hill to Mam tor ridge.
Now, after all that climbing, we were going to drop right down to Hagg farm, another outdoor centre.
It would be a crime not to see things like this wood violet, which are all over the place, if you just look.
THAT was where we were heading next, but not before dropping DOWN into the valley in front of us. NOW can you see why there is so much climbing involved today?
A look back saw where we had come from. See that U shape? That was where we left the track to start the climb up. The big hill is Win hill.
The path lay down into the valley, and yes, you guessed it, UP again over that ridge, and back to Ladybower.
For anyone who's never seen one, this is a grouse butt, where the shooters lay in wait.