Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Fox House, Longshaw Estate, White Edge and Baslow.
I started off feeling a bit unwell this morning on the train going to Sheffield; my knees were tightly wedged under a table and were becoming quite painful and stiff, my throat was a bit dry and tickly but I couldn't move to reach into my pocket for a cough lozenge...and I was sweating profusely. As soon as I was in the fresh air (walking towards the bus station) I felt fine.
I got off the bus at Fox House and crossed the road to enter the Longshaw Estate
The rhododendron bushes were only just showing a bit of colour, but the gorse/furze/whin bushes were blooming at their best.
I then walked across a stretch of open moorland and climbed onto White Edge, following the path all the way to Curbar Gap, and then down into Baslow.
Positioned along the route I noticed a couple of recently-sited companion stones.
Today I tried a little experiment; I navigated the entire length of the six mile walk without looking at the map once, or using my GPS to take bearings. It wasn't too difficult, I know the route very well...nonetheless I was quite pleased with myself.