March 27, 2017 | 0 Comments | Filed under: 2017, April 2017

Contrasts Snow was forecast in February so we chose a local walk. Hills and fields were white but the falling snow was wet. In Wheston we smiled at the tale of a member’s past employment on a farm there. Though duties were primarily office based she could be asked to put a ring through the bull’s nose. Wormhill was earmarked for elevenses where the church porch provided ideal shelter. Pleasant interlude over, the weather worsened and it became difficult to ignore the stinging driving sleet. We continued for a time but finding no shelter for lunch decided to take the quickest route home. Strangely, photos of the walk showed an attractive winter landscape that was somewhat at odds with our experience. A cloudy windless morning last month was ideal for a walk up to Stanage Edge. A rook overhead with a large twig was a sign that spring was imminent as were the daffodils, celandines and forsythia. No hideaway was required this time and drinks were enjoyed whilst sitting on large gritstone boulders below the edge in unanticipated sunshine. There was growing confidence that gloves and scarves would remain in rucksacks. The first good weather of the year is special and this, together with one of the most scenic walks in the area, made it a day to remember.

Helen Royle. 872507


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