Peregrina Preparatio 10

8km (5miles) Longshaw Estate, Peak District

Perfect walking weather: Cloudy but warm, some light drizzle… and hot sunshine

Clothing : Zipoff trouser-shorts, t shirt, raincoat (part way)

Terrain: hilly footpaths, paths through woods

My friend and I set off out after several hours of drizzle this morning. It was still quite cloudy and the coolness (after the very hot weather) a bit of relief.

Earlier this week I’d walked on the other side of this ridge (Curbar, Froggart Edge) so it was lovely to experience White Edge from a new-to-me perspective.

The walk itself wasn’t too strenuous (the terrain quite easy) … about 3miles to the pub (across the moorland) for lunch and 2 – 21/2 miles looping back a different (more wooded) route.

On reflection having a glass of wine -even a small one- at lunchtime is something best avoided on the Camino. I was so sleepy and when we stopped at a Burbage Brook (my friend went for a paddle) I took a nap for at least 20 minutes in the glorious sunshine.

We resisted the ice cream van (as the lunch we’d had had been very substantial)

For me the parts of the walk that were most pilgrimage like were: sharing as we walked, and then sitting contemplating on the way (on a wood stack, at the duck pond and especially at the babbling brook!)

I didn’t carry much today … walking in the heat with a heavy bag is going to be a challenge as are the hills. But I must say I am enjoying these preparatory walks!

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