It took almost four hours, seriously aching legs, destroyed the arthritic knees, burnt the remains of the lungs ... and I really don't care 'cause I DID IT!
From a start of 3 degrees, gentle wind that, on a summers day would hide the sunburn but today ripped every last bit of warmth, whipping past the eyes making them water, thankful of decent gloves and a good pair of walking poles I set off.
The skies darkened a little, I thought I saw a few flakes of snow which was later to become a full-on hail storm! As Alfred W said ... one foot in front of the other. The dogs behaved as usual (should have been on leads but they were controlled), tarmac became loose stone, past the farm who years ago sold delightful mugs of tea but has become a hikers rental property, the landslide from the 4980's is no longer visible and I just dont remember the path being sooooo long! Finally, that slight right hand bend in the track around the foot of the hill and there is was, pristine, clean, tidy and smart. Gone are the muddy wealts replaced with carefully positioned Derbyshire gritstone saving the erosion and with a grip that leaves one sure of their footing.
Ice, the Collie, cooled his feet in the stream while Ted worked out that 4" of water on 3" of legs equals a we belly ... so stayed on dry land!
Couldn't rest for too long, she-who-must-be-obeyed said "don't be all day!" and I'm not brave enough to argue so back to the car to head for home.
I hope you all enjoyed it, I took every one of you with me! I would have posted from the bottom of the ladder but for the lack of a signal.
I'm sure a few tablets, a rest and a good nights sleep will sort all the aches and pains. Thank you for coming with me and thank you for encouraging this moment of insanity ... till next time - have a great weekend ... l have!