It’d been a while since I’d rolled out the bivvy bag and the need to enjoy (or is that endure?) a night in the big orange sock became too great at the weekend.
The destination? My backyard.
I left home at lunchtime and wandered through Old Glossop past its incongruous aluminium works to the Doctor’s Gate. Walking this old route, I soon joined the manicured section of the Pennine Way where I went against the grain of the national trail, heading south east to Mill Hill and Kinder Scout’s northern edge.
Jumping from boulder to boulder on this my favourite stretch of the plateau, I dropped down to Woodlands Valley via Blackden Brook, which entailed a steep diversion at its head due to some sloppy navigation on my part.
In fading light I made speedy progress up Alport Dale where I collected water for the night and soon found a sheltered plateau just below Alport Castles for the bivvy.
A night of mizzle gave way to a damp dawn and I was soon pressing on up Alport Dale at first light. After Grains in the Water I joined the Pennine Way again which carried me across Bleaklow Head to the Longdendale Trail and the pub in good time for lunch.