Thank you for all your kind comments on my previous post...and for all your visits and comments throughout 2017. They are such a huge encouragement to me and I'm touched that some of you find the time to write a thoughtful message.
As promised here are some views from my final walk of 2017. As I had been busy last year it had looked like I may not make 1000 miles of outdoor "boots on" walking this time. But a concerted effort to catch up left my total at 998 miles by the 30th of December. Happily the weather forecast was good for the next day and hubby was amenable to drive us somewhere interesting to finish off my third year of walking 1000 miles.
I chose somewhere I had not walked before, because I like a little adventure. The sun shone brightly and the sky was stunningly blue when we arrived at The Longshaw Estate
As soon as we set out there was a tantalising peek at the moorland I wanted to explore.
At first the route was through a pretty wooded glade.
With tumbling streams
Our group was myself, hubby, eldest and my friend M. We chatted happily as we walked along.
The landscape was just as I had hoped, rugged and covered in the burnt orange and gold shades of winter moorland.
and if you are daft like my other half, you can try and kid everyone you are about to fall down a deep well... however we were not fooled, we know him too well :0)
I was so happy we were treated to some sunshine on this walk. It really brings those wonderful colours alive.
And here's a wider angle shot of the view back down the valley we walked up.
Now we were around half way through our 4.5 mile walk so I guess this was possibly the spot where I clocked 1000 miles. Sigh. It was wild and beautiful and perfect.
Just look at that skyline. We were heading towards those hills.
It was a real moorland clamber here, picking your way across the boulders to avoid the peaty puddles and mud.
Gosh it was windy up here.
This was zoomed in on our next destination...the rocky outcrop and ancient fortifications of Carl Wark
As you can see here we were not the only people enjoying the views :0)
I got distracted by the sight of Sphagnum moss
and Grouse hiding in the dead bracken
We ended up in a bog. Ooops.
Having escaped that with only one wet foot between us we had to find a narrow spot to cross the stream. M was not happy about this, but she survived :0)
And it was scrummy...with ALL the butter :0)
Not the best photo but I was hungry.
I do hope we can visit this area again in the not too distant future. It's only a little over an hour's travel time from home. I'd love to explore further and see it in different seasons.
THIS is the route we walked ♥
Happy New Year Everybody
P.S. Anybody attempting to walk 1000 miles in 2018? I know I am fortunate to be able to do this so I am starting all over again :0)
Remember it's less that 3 miles a day and you can count all your steps if you prefer. There's some great inspiration HERE