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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Outdoor Adventures in the Peak District

Last weekend Colin and I went to Manchester Punk Festival. We had an absolutely awesome time; seeing over 30 bands – some we knew and some we didn’t, making new friends, singing, shouting, dancing and staying up late. You’ll soon be able to read the proper review over on Colin’s Punk Rock World (I’ve personally reviewed 11 of the acts we saw!), though for now you’ll have to take my word for it. But before all of music, we had a flying visit to the Peak District…

We were blessed with the most glorious weather, with pure sunshine and warm temperatures – I even put suncream on. Unfortunately we only had Wednesday afternoon and evening, plus Thursday morning before heading to Manchester. We made good use of the time we had and had a great time exploring and generally being outdoors. Colin and I have both agreed that the Peak District is wonderful and we’d like to go again for a longer period of time. Maybe with an OS map next time!

After stopping at services near Nottingham briefly on the journey, we arrived in time for a picnic lunch. I’d looked up the coordinates of a car park with a walking route nearby. The idea was that we would be walking to Three Shires Head – where Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire meet, with a bridge, all picturesque and stuff… but we didn’t have a detailed map and didn’t have any phone signal to use the Internet. So, we just ended up wandering. Beautiful weather and scenery all the same.

Nothing but rolling hills and sheep for miles.
Colin did good exploring.
There were lots of sheep.

We stayed one night in Buxton which was a lovely town itself but also home to the spectacular Buxton Country Park with stunning views. We took a walk around the park and up to the iconic Solomon’s Temple on Thursday morning, before leaving for Manchester later in the afternoon.

Explorer Colin is off again!
King of the world / castle / hill.
Solomon’s Temple.
The views from the top were breathtaking.
Too perfect a view not to take a selfie.
Time to go be punks…