Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Grumpy old woman goes walking
On Saturday I walked 10 miles around the Goyt Valley. It is evident how little water there is in the reservoirs. Makes me wonder how much rain will be needed to fill them up again. Not that there is any danger in this country of that not happening. Especially in the north west of England an area renowned for it's rainfall.
Today I walked 9 miles up hill and down dale. Went up the Roaches and down into my beloved Lud's Church. The Roaches had the normal amount of people we'd expect to see on a weekday morning. But Lud's Church was like Grand Central! There have been two television programmes about it recently and so people are flocking to it. We came across a group of 20 and then one of 12 all arriving in Lud's as we are trying to get out through the mud.
We came across the two ladies who asked on the Roaches, if there was anything else to see apart from the view..... WHAT? This is one of the most beautiful bits of countryside in the British Isles, what were they expecting MacDonalds or a shopping mall at the top? Of course wearing a maxi dress and suede booties wasn't the best outfit for checking it out either!
Then there was the woman in Lud's who was literally screaming cause she got mud on her.....This is a natural crevice of a 100' deep, and what do you know, the floor of it is fed by endless droplets of water from the cliff faces. Perhaps she wanted a carpet.
Or the final daft woman of the day who yelled at us to mind our sandwiches as her dog was about. Excuse me? Surely she should be controlling the dog and keeping it away from us, rather than us having to attend to the safety of our food
I'm all for people enjoying the countryside, but as someone once said there is no such thing as bad weather, just wrong clothes. Or in today's cases wrong attitude!
Come out for a walk by all means, but get your walking boots on,a rucksack on your back and a map (unless you know where your going) rather than shoes and a handbag!
And for goodness sake accept that the countryside is muddy, dirty, wet,overrun with nettles and bracken, has hills and dales and that all of those have to be taken into account alongside breathtaking views and startling scenery.