Monday, 18 February 2008
Is this map better for you, Your Highness. I have now carefully selected a map that is not O.S. If all Lorenzo's friends demand the old map back, then she will be only too delighted to oblige and sod the consequences!!
In answer to Rob's question, Shining Tor is the highest point in Cheshire at 1,834 feet. No Everest, but still quite a pull up. The Cheshire/Derbyshire border runs along the ridge of Windgather Rocks, Pym Chair, Cats Tor and Shining Tor. Peter, Badger and I decided to go for a walk along the top, down through to the Goyt Valley and up again through Erwood woods, probably about six miles.
Lorenzo straddling herself between Cheshire and Derbyshire.
The path up to the top used to be a nightmare as it passed through peat bogs, but in the last couple of years it has been paved with granite slabs.
I spent time studying these granite blocks and I saw some fossils in two of them.
Now what do you make of these two Maalie? I think it just goes to show, that without a shaddow of doubt, australopithecus robustus wore trainers and rode a bike.
Up we scrambled
and then I proved that Martin is not the only one to be run over by a steam roller.
We reached the summit.
Badger was having a wonderful time, but unfortunately she didn't see any grouse to chase.
We skirted past the ruins of Erwood Hall and made our way back uphill. We passed this sweet little shrine in the woods.
This shrine is still used a lot. There were prayers and petitions written out and left. Someone had been burning a candle. It's a nice little place and very peaceful there.
It was getting really cold by this time. We hurried back to the car. "Beer time" said Peter so it was off to The Swan, his favourite pub. Even after the walk he was still able to manage a sprint in from the car park.
No guesses who had to drive home.