Stepping Out

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A cold, sharp wind was blowing across the snowy Derbyshire hills as we gathered for a walk early on Sunday morning. We were glad to get moving and as we began our first ascent towards White Edge we quickly warmed up. Care was needed underfoot as the footpaths were a mixture of mud, snow and ice.

Once up on the Edge we had tremendous views over to the west and north with Win Hill and Bleaklow visible in the distance. Here the wind was stronger and we needed all the layers of clothing we had brought with us. Down in the valley below and, sensibly sheltered from the wind, was a sizeable herd of red deer. Red deer are a very common species and can be found in most parts of the world.

Our walk takes us on to the Longshaw Estate and to a well-deserved lunch break. The estate consists of a mixture of ancient woodland, parkland and moorland and is managed by the National Trust. Longshaw Lodge, which dates from the early 1800s, acted as a convalescent home for soldiers during World War I. The soldiers were able to enjoy live band music and a photograph exists showing some of them boating on the lake. Today that same lake is partly covered in ice and home only to a group of mallard ducks.

As we wind our way back towards Froggatt we can see heavy grey cloud rolling in from the west and rain coming down on some of the hills opposite. It begins to drizzle but we are back at our cars before the rain has a chance to turn heavy. A thoroughly enjoyable walk and our batteries are recharged for the working week to come.