The weather forecast looked scary, proposals of snow and high winds in the Peak District suggested that this walk was going to be a little different to the other walks I had done. It was cool but bright in Nottingham when I left for the bus stop but, as the coach entered the valley of Edale, I could see snow on the peaks. It was definitely going to be an adventure!
Ensuring I had my hat, scarf and gloves secured and that I was wearing as many layers as possible, I left the warmth of the coach prepared for an exciting day.
As there were a limited amount of leaders walks one, two and three were being combined which means that I am not entirely sure where I walked.
I do know that we climbed Grindslow Knoll, which was about 675m high and quite a difficult climb due to the slippery snowy paths. At the top we walked along the Kinder Plateau which offered some stunning views of Edale, especially as the peaks were all covered in deep snow whilst the valley was green and had no trace of snow. We passed near to the Kinder Scout National Nature Reserve and Jacob’s Ladder but, because we were behind time due to the poor weather, we did not go and see either of these sites.
There were some lovely views across Edale from the Kinder Plateau and there were some interesting rock formations on the Plateau itself, such as a rock which had been given teeth and looked very like a pig’s head! The deep snow made the views very different to what I had been expecting, particularly because all the photos of Edale that I had seen before had been taken when the sun was shining and the land was green and grassy.
At times I was thigh-deep in snow, a strange experience for mid-November in England. I also managed to step in lots of sections of bog and mud and water which meant that I had wet feet and wet hands and was very cold for the majority of the walk. Despite the weather, it was an exhilarating walk and finally reaching the coach at the end felt like a huge achievement due to the challenges of walking through snow, invisible paths and climbing along icy paths.
The walk in Edale was a completely different experience to the other walk I had done with Rambling Society which was through the Monsal Dale area. Nevertheless, it shows that nature is constantly changing and shifting with the seasons; no place is ever the same twice which makes it worthwhile going back to the same places and seeing the wonder of nature at work.
These changes that the seasons bring can be obscured by urban life where there only seems to be distinction between rain and shine through the transport taken and the clothes worn. Connecting with nature reminds us of what the Earth is, what it has to offer and why we are fighting against the adverse effects of climate change. The natural ways need to be preserved and valued.