Saturday 14th October, with Harry.
Lovely sunrise, swallowed rapidly by mist, which then flowed pink from time to time - all in half an hour or so. Temperature rather colder.
The weather brightened rapidly, so we got ourselves organised and on the road.
Great walk from Upper Hulme Paddock Farm Tea room (park in lay-by opposite) We arrived just after 9. and and were walking at 9.16.
Over the Roaches via path from the road, below Hen Cloud.
A convenient bench was a good place to stop for coffee at Roach End.
then along the ridge following signs to Swythamley.
Later we turned down into Back Forest to Lud’s Church.
We followed the path back to Roach End again,
and decided to walk along the ridge once more, rather than take the road.
We paused for lunch with a view. Soon afterwards came a few drops of rain and a rainbow,
Not long after we reached low ground there was a mighty hailstorm.
Somewhere between 8 and 9 miles,with around 1200 feet of climbing. Great combo walk. We decided to head ‘home’ rather than to the Tea room, as we were soaking.
It has hailed again since we got back, so I’ve rinsed out my soaking socks, and stuffed my boots with old newspapers. Tomorrow we head for ‘home home’. Reluctantly.