After surviving the nightmare of Kinder Scout's mountainous bulk and getting back on track,
the next 'hill' of worth en-route along the Pennine Way is called Bleaklow.
Just like its predecessor, it could quite potentially be the death of you if
you're not careful in negotiating the peaty wastes as you go up and over and
onwards towards the tiny hamlet of Crowden.
I made it to the cairn-marked summit, but then I somehow lost track of the
way and took one hell of a wrong turn down into the attractive town of Glossop.
If anybody who is reading this has actually walked the Pennine Way before,
they will now be scoffing and no doubt laughing their heads off at my
misguided expense, for the official route goes nowhere near Glossop.
Still, I quite enjoyed my scenic route detour (as if the Way itself wasn't scenic enough!),
if only for the fact that I got to pass through the equally-as-attractive settlement of
Hadfield (that, along with the nearby Hayfield, seems to be part and parcel of Glossop
given the fact that they are that close together).
Upon finding the so-called high street of Hadfield, after pathetically traipsing
around its plush residential outer reaches and receiving paranoia-inducing stares
from dinner-munching school kids in due course (they obviously didn't see many
Pennine Way walkers down from the hills), I marched on thrilled to bits in the
knowledge that I'd visited the town in which the hilarious TV comedy series
The League of Gentlemen was filmed.
In homage to such a series having been set there, a bright and breezy
Cafe Royston lured visitors and residents towards the light, with the fictional
town name of Royston Vasey having doubled for Hadfield in the series.
From Hadfield I hooked up with a fantastic section of the
(which runs from Liverpool to Hull right over the Pennine chain from West to
East) that scenically ushered me past a series of Manchester-serving reservoirs
that dominated the pretty valley of Longdendale.
Torside Reservoir being one of the most eye-catching expanses of water that
became graced with boating action once the locals got off work at tea-time.
Thankful for a safe place to camp after my hair-raising night on Kinder Scout
less than 24 hours previous, the small campsite in Crowden was a relative
godsend, before I headed off in search of the feared Black Hill the
next morning: another 'hill' renowned for its peaty wastes, and that
can be particularly nasty to meet on a dark and damp day.
Unluckily for me, the next morning was dark and damp and fog-riddled to such an
extent that I was overjoyed to get over and off Black Hill.
The beautiful area around Holmfirth lay just a few miles further east, but the
PW (short for Pennine Way) pressed on in a more northerly direction past yet
more and more reservoirs - such as Wessenden -towards Standedge, where the
A62 road cuts across the path, meandering West to Saddleworth.
The next section between Standedge and where the M62 crossed the way at
Windy Hill should have been a four-mile-long doddle, but as wind and rain set in ever
more harshly, I took yet another unnecessary excursion that took me out of my way.
Still, I did eventually trudge across the pedestrian bridge that safely spans the
awfully busy M62, before I proceeded to dart up onto the even windier Blackstone Edge,
a rocky outcrop of high and mighty gritstone.
Places to Visit - On The Pennine Way Part One By Steve Rudd
Why on earth would anyone want to go walking on their week off work? That's the question that most people would routinely ask anybody who would do exactly that, as though walking - and long distance walking in particular - is something simply not to be indulged in.
I always argue that there is very little more
Places to Visit - Down South By Steve Rudd
Brighton has always been one hell of a popular place, but until one freezing cold
day in February of this year I had never before spent anytime whatsoever there
in my twenty-four years in this forever-overwhelming world.
I thought it was high time I paid the place a visit, and seeing as though
I was down in London anyway - and a return National Express coach ticket
Places to Visit - Up North By Steve Rudd
So, you look forward all week - at work - to your one or two days off... right? And what do you do on such days off? Housework, no doubt. Do you ever think you should do something more worthwhile with your sacred time off? Like travel, for instance.
County Durham isn't that far a trip from East Yorkshire, and if
Places to Visit - To Hampstead Heath and Beyond ... By Steve Rudd
So, you live in London and wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the inner city scene.
Where can you turn to? Why, the plethora of beautiful parks of course - and there are few
places nicer than Hampstead Heath, in North London, for some quality peace and quiet.
Places to Visit - On the Moors By Steve Rudd
So much for me confiding to people that I thought we were collectively out of the woods
and that Spring was just around the corner.
Clearly I spoke too soon and paid for such a misdemeanour yesterday
(13th February 2005) when I ventured up onto the
Places to Visit - Dinostar - THIS IS HISTORY By Daniel Laney
In the last two months Hull has welcomed a new addition to its ever growing tourist trade.
Dinostar, which opened on Easter Sunday of this year, should hopefully
be welcomed with open arms by families and budding historians alike and with it
being a quick
Places to Visit - Our Samhain Visit to Avebury by Janie Spencer
Before we start on our journey, let me give you a bit of background on Avebury.
It is a beautiful stone circle, so big that you can in fact fit a village inside it, as you can see from this overhead map!
As well as being a tourist spot, it is both a home and a gathering
Places to Visit - Burton Constable Hall.
Burton Constable Hall has collected several ghosts and stories from its 450 year history, the most frequently seen ghost being that of Nurse Dowdall, a much loved nanny to the children of the household during the 19th century.
Places to Visit - A day by the beach - Bridlington Harbour.
This Sunday I was spoilt for choice - either to visit a Buddhist centre in "Kilham"
or attend a strawberries and cream party. Opted to go and find Zen so duly arrived
with my offspring (Katie and Oliver) at my friend's house (Cilla) punctually (for
a change) at 11.30.
Places to Visit - This is Hull
The East Yorkshire city of Kingston Upon Hull has it's fair share of bad press. That's OK, the people who live here know why so many come and stay!
Visit the City and sample the eclectic mix of entertainment on offer, from the
laid-back coffee shops and cosmopolitan bars of the Avenues
Places to Visit - Pickering Park Rocks
Pickering Park rocks for the youth of Hull.
Sunday afternoon, 6th July 2003 saw the first FREE open air Rock Concerts for the youth of Hull, from noon until 7pm.
Bands featured included the Supatones, Crowroad, DumpValve, Freaks Union, The Favours, The Sonnet,
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Places to Visit - Beverley Minster By Mo
Founded in the eighth century by John, Bishop of York - later St. John of Beverley - Beverley Minster has been
described as 'the finest gothic church in Europe'.
The present church, built in the 13th and 14th century, is a perfect blending of three
People - An Interview With Torso Horse By Steve Rudd
Torso Horse, for those people who don't know, are a Goth-Metal band
They have been plying their trade for about five years now, and in the past
couple of years in particular they have become very well known indeed: both in
People - Computerman at Fairview Recording Studios By Michelle Dee
Computerman are a Nottingham band, who have been on the scene since January 2004.
They recently came to Hull, specifically to Fairview Studios in Willerby, to
record an eight-track demo CD. The demo will include tracks: Increasingly so, No recoverRead more...
People - An Interview with Jim Eldon - Local Enigma By Jane Foster
Jim Eldon is a musician living in East Hull who, I'm told, doesn't normally do interviews .... so a
rare request it was that was received by thisisUll.com, from Andy his agent, for someone to do the deed.
This email was passed on to me, as Jim is a singer