What a lovely day we had out walking in the Peak District with Caroline, David and friends. We pulled up into the car park in Hayfield and our day began with tea and coffee (served in real mugs!) from the boot of Caroline & David's car... We were off to a great start!
After a quick check of the weather, waterproofs and backpacks were on, and walking poles distributed. It was inspiring for us all to set off having just learnt some significant local history. Apparently in 1932 protesting ramblers gathered at Bowden Bridge Quarry, Hayfield to trespass on Kinder Scout. Thanks to their demonstrations 'The Right of Way Act' was passed, meaning today we have the right to roam this beautiful landscape.
In typical English countryside walking style, we were faced with a range of elements over the next few hours: rain, mist, and glorious sunshine just in time for lunch. The changing weather certainly didn't dampen anyone's spirits. One, initially reluctant, client commented at the end - 'I'm proud of myself. I didn't think my legs could do it. ' ... He was ready for round 2!
It was a day thoroughly enjoyed by all. A natural opportunity for people to share laughter, life experiences, and learn from one another. Ethiopian coffee ceremonies, how to make good injira (Ethiopian bread), landscapes in Sudan and time spent working in Botswana... Just a few of the conversations heard by those hills.
The monthly walks in the Peak District, run by our wonderful volunteers, provide all who go on them with an opportunity to get out of the city, spend quality time with others in nature, exercise and be refreshed. Having spoken with our clients, I know I'm not alone in saying I slept well that night!