Day 22 Sat 21-05-2005
Monyash to Edale
Up at 5:40!! Walking just after 6!! No sign of my host, so I tried to leave as quietly as possible.
I followed the Limestone Way, via Millers Dale, then Castleton, where I had a very welcome breakfast. I had no luck getting maps, however, but would surely be able to get some in Edale.
From Castleton I climbed a HUGE hill (Mam Tor), and was rewarded with wonderful views from Hollins Cross. Then a descent into Edale, in time for a pint at 1:30 in the Old Nags Head - the official start of the Pennine Way. I booked myself into a campsite, (under canvas at last!), pitched my tent, and wandered around the visitor's centre picking up useful leaflets about the Pennine Way. Apparently, the first and last day of the trail were the hardest, so I didn't feel too bad about stopping at lunchtime today.
I retired to my tent to listen to the second half of the cup final - Arsenal v Man Utd. I tried hard to think of a scenario where they could both lose, without success. I wandered around Edale for a while, got a sausage sarnie in the campsite cafe, then retired early to prepare for the next day's challenge - Kinder Scout.
Around 6 p.m. it started to rain very hard. Was I up to this new stage? Up till now all the walking had been relatively easy, now the LEJOG would pull up it's socks and get serious!
Cooper's Camp & Caravan Site