Wild winter

Thought it was about time I went for another photowalk yesterday.  The forecast was for snow and bitterly cold winds, so where better to head for than the wilds of the Peak District? There were few people around on a freezing Friday, so, reluctantly ignoring the glowing windows of the Nag's Head Inn in a wintry Edale (see first iPhone photo here), I set off to climb up to Kinder Scout via Grindsbrook Clough.  This route is a lovely picturesque ramble for two thirds of the way, after which it becomes very steep, rugged and slippery.  The second of my iPhone photos here shows the exact spot where the walk gets more challenging - Grindsbrook itself had partly frozen, and dramatic fanged icicles were barring the way ahead!  Unusually for me, I avoided stumbling into the water...    It probably doesn't sound like much fun, but its just the kind of thing I enjoy.  I met one other person that day - on the way down a big cheerful guy approached and told me he was a lorry driver from 'down south' - he said he'd never been walking in the Peak before, but he often drove through all this wonderful scenery and, having a day off in the week, he thought he'd park up and follow a footpath!  What a lovely man - he couldn't get over the dramatic views and shared his joy at just being out in the hills.  The snow was falling quite heavily by then but he was undaunted as I explained that he was on the path up to Kinder Scout and as long as he was careful he'd have a great time.   You never know, maybe we'll cross paths again, he seemed like a convert to the hills....