My friend asked me “Do you fancy going away? Maybe some little adventure?” After amazing trip to Ireland I was hungry for more so of course I said yes without even thinking about the technicalities of time, place and cost. Going away is what I needed so we started to plan.
It was my friend who made the final decision of going to Peak District. I will have to be honest here saying that the idea of the place did not gave me the thrill I was looking for. I went there once before and it was great place but I wasn’t as excited this time. Nevertheless, before we knew it, we were on the train to Hope. We arrived late afternoon to peach black, cold and wet middle of nowhere. Yes, my friend told me to get my waterproofs…..you will need them more than ever. Glad I listened. Anyway a little, or if we are talking about that evening, a lot of rain wouldn’t ruin our weekend.
Then we met our landlords
. And what is it with everyone up north? Do they teach them politeness at school? Or is it us in London that are just too busy to even say hello to one another? I think we are missing out a lot. Gary, our landlord for the weekend, was simply amazing. Funny and could cook. His scramble eggs were amazing. Or maybe its because his hens were happy too? That evening he drove us to town…pointed us to pubs where we could find people of our age and spoke to managers to look after us. And of course they did. 5* service all around Castleton.
Next morning we were ready for our adventure. We needed to get to Edale to start our way up the pennine way. We decided to walk. About 10 minutes later we were in the middle of the fields deep in the mud. Looking at the map back in the B&B we thought it will take only about an hour to get to Edale. Of course neither of us could actually read a map so no wonder that two hours later we nearly gave up of ever finding our starting point. Do I wish I took a car? No, not really. The way between Castleton and Edale is simply amazing. We passed the famous Mom Tor which is beautiful and we came across what I can only say insane bikers who challenge themselves riding up the hill so steep that I got pain in my legs by just looking at them. I laughed at one of them that they must be crazy to be doing it to themselves and had to know why? He said that the ride down is worth the pain and I should try and then I would know. Lets just say I took his word for it and not planning on actually checking it out. Haven’t lost my mind just yet.
So off we walked some more and when we nearly lost hope of ever finding the place there it was the ever so beautiful sign of Edale. Whop whop I thought as the idea of being lost again wasn’t as appealing
. We walked through some houses and reached the fields. I have to admit I was a bit confused. There was no shops no pennine way signs no nothing! So we kept walking eventually finding the sign to train station. We made it. Edale was very small village with couple of pubs and a shop and that’s it. But hey I wasn’t there for the pubs and shops, well not until later, later I was all for the pubs!! But at this time I wanted to see the beauty, the birds, the nature and some challenge. After stocking up in the shop we headed up. It wasn’t more than few minutes walk before I knew I was in the right place at the right time. It was sunny November day. Colours of the trees, flowers and bushes were in full variety of reds, orange yellows and greens and the mix was just mind blowing. What I enjoyed the most was the silence…..being in London you don’t even realise how much noise you take all day. This silent natural world, ever so beautiful was a lot to take. It was taking over my body and I could feel how all my senses starting to work overtime to take it all in.
The walk was amazing and challenging as it was raining a lot. The stream turned into more of a river and we had to think hard how to cross it. And then the rain came! I looked at Miriam and we just laughed. We loved it. I had Goosebumps on my skin not from cold but from the excitement. I felt I was starting to belong to this beautiful place.
It was again like walking around my own home garden. We walked faster and eventually I started to run. I loved every step, every stone and just kept running higher and higher until I was on the top. The views were breath-taking. And just when Miriam joined me the sun broke free from behind the clouds and we both stood in ave of such an amazing view that no words could describe it! The wind and cold didn’t matter we were taking everything that was around us with biggest smiles on our faces. Untill we actually got really cold and decided that maybe its time to start walking back unless we want to stay and freeze.
The journey back was even more challenging. We didn’t thought that if we got up the mountain we will have to come back down. My face when someone pointed the way down to me had nothing but pure disbelieve. How can we go down such a steep way. I thought there will have to be another way. But there wasn’t. And then a group of guys passed us. We followed them laughing that we will have to keep close just in case we would need their help. Which we did couple of times. We had to keep brave face so we don’t look like total city wimps but what was going on inside of me was totally different story. We got back to Edale just as it got dark. And an offer of going to a pub was not the one we could say no to.
It was perfect cosy place with real fires and great company. I can honestly say that when I was sitting there after the day of walking I really felt happiest. The simplicity of this beautiful walk was what I missed and what I want to experience more and more. That is the life I see myself having! Eventually, one day…..simple, slow and ever so beautiful.