a few of you may remember that last year I completed my challenge to walk 1000 miles in 2015 on the last day of the year. We enjoyed a walk in beautiful Dovedale to celebrate.
This year I managed to reach the same goal by the end of November but I still wanted to walk somewhere special to round off my walking year.
Luckily hubby was happy to go along with this plan and we loaded the boys in the car this morning and headed to Baslow
I can't say they were too thrilled but happily, right next to the car park is this tempting shop.
The traditional sweets made me smile.
soon hubby and boys emerged with paper bags full of treats, oh coconut mushrooms. It's years since I've tasted these. They were GOOD.
We munched happily and headed...as the sign says....uphill
It's quiet a long, steep climb from the valley bottom, first past pretty stone cottages.
We climbed steadily, stopping to admire the view, and to say hello to these friends.
It stood out even more as it's partly covered in scaffolding and white plastic.
Then we were on the moor, Yay.
I do love to walk in this landscape. It reminds me of the moorland above where I grew up, particularly THIS place
After the climb it was so nice to stroll along the sandy paths and breath the fresh moorland air. It was breezy but not particularly cold.
Close to the edge there was a great view over the villages of Claver and Curbar nestled below.
Here it was really windy and hard to take a steady photo.
It was a relief to get back on the main track.
And descend a little.
I loved the changing light as the clouds scudded across the sky and the sun occasionally broke through.
We stopped here and sat on a bench eating snacks I brought from home, washed down by a little hot chocolate from a thermos.
I'm always looking back at the view behind.
Because sometimes it's REALLY pretty.
One soggy foot later we carried on. How I loved the sunlit hillsides.
and the Highland cattle, perfecting blending in with their surroundings.
It was not the prettiest of weather and there is no denying that December is often a rather dreary month, but I still loved the landscape.
As the cloud really gathered we arrived back at Baslow. It felt nice to be back on the pretty streets, noticing the quirky touches.
And the Christmas cheer.
It was a lovely day and the four miles we walked today takes my total this year to 1083. Yay
I keep a tally of miles walked by simply noting a running total each month on a separate calendar. This year it was a free one from my walking magazine...and not very exciting. But next year I have this one to look forward to.
Here's to another great walking year for all of us who can.
Happy New Year Lovelies, wishing you much health and happiness in 2017. Thank you all for visiting here and the kind comments you leave me.
p.s. If this walk seems at all familiar we first attempted it HERE