Today’s long walk was a pilgrimage of sorts.
Weather: hot and sunny, with some cloud. About 25C
Clothing: shorts and tshirt, walking boots
Distance: 17 km (more or less)
It was also really good preparation for the Camino in terms of walking, carrying a heavy-ish rucksack in warm temperatures … and there were moments of connecting with God in a profound way en route!
Cliff College in the Hope Valley has long been a sort of thin-place for me, a place where heaven and earth meet in a special way. I started and finished my walk there today.
Baslow Edge is one of my favourite places to walk in Derbyshire, and after the stiff climb up Cliff Lane and through Curbar Gap I was on the Edge … facing this sign!
Gulp … gulp … gulp … the cattle in this neck of the woods (on the high grounds) are usually either long horns or highland cattle, and I really have no desire to meet with them, and a bull – well that’s on the outside edge of my comfort zone – but I so wanted to walk, that I said a quick ‘help me God’ prayer and went anyway!
I’m glad I did!
You get splendid views of Chatsworth (home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire) … which is where I had my second breakfast … (from the view point, not in their breakfast parlour!) then I looked back to Curbar Gap and walked the length of Curbar Edge and through the lovely wooded area which is Froggart Edge.
Then up to White Edge and down into the lush Derwent Valley through Froggart Village.
It was at the end of the ‘nature trail’ that I saw a sign warning of cows (and their calfs) that might be aggressive. This sign post helped a bit
The pilgrimage continued (after a very welcome coffee in Curbar Craft Cafe) with a visit to All Saints, Curbar.
And then a walk round the grounds of Cliff College, stopping at the cross, where I discovered this
It’s a ‘Poustini’ … a hut for fasting, prayer and meditation … a lovely find, and a wonderful end to this particular preparatory walk.