As you may have noticed previously on this blog, us police officers are an adventurous lot.
Amongst a few other smaller walks this May we ‘smashed’ the Yorkshire Three Peaks, stomping all over the faces of the mountains like they were mere molehills.
Some would have thought that the range of injuries, lost kit and moments of panic that we experienced during these little sorties would have been enough to put us off but no, last Thursday we loaded our first aid kits onto the minibus and drove up to Leek, drove around in circles a few times and then onto Upper Hulme where we stopped for a walk up over The Roaches.
It wasn’t looking to be the best day for it with multiple weathermen (and weatherladies) insisting that the route could only be completed in canoes but being determined/foolhardy walkers we decided that there was no such thing as inappropriate weather, only inappropriate clothing, and so set off nonetheless.
Surprisingly we stayed dry and whilst it didn’t really get light all day and the wind was strong enough to blow some of our lighter members into the sky Mary Poppins style, I think everyone had a pretty decent walk.
A couple of hats were blown off along the way but nobody died (my benchmark for success) and even a couple of feet sinking into muddy bogs couldn’t put a damper on the day.
I think our route was around eleven miles long and unlike some of our previous routes, didn’t involve too much clambering up sheer rock faces. The views from the ridges were fantastic as always and the shelter from the wind provided by the woods near Gradbach was very welcome too.
The promised rains came about fifteen minutes after we got back to the minibus and made the trip back down the M6 a little interesting but we got back in one piece, had a bite to eat and then went our separate ways filled with good memories and ‘smothered chicken’.
If you’re interested in walking up in the Peak District, or indeed in walking in general, I’d recommend you take a look at the rather excellent Walking Englishman website which is where we took our route from. The route that we (very approximately) completed was this one – it comes well recommended.