Wild Weekend – Pt. 2
19th & 20th March 2016
After a cold night wild camping in a disused shooting cabin, waking to clear skies and a strong sun beating down was a very welcome surprise, and we relished our newly found warmth. After using up the rest of our food supplies we headed out for the day, with our packs significantly lighter. The route took us off the beaten track, over a moor before descending into the Alport Valley, with a sharp climb up to Alport Castles. The afternoon held a long walk in store, dropping down to Snake pass at the head of Ladybower Reservoir, before ascending over the base of Kinder Scout and round to Saturday’s starting point in Edale.
After hiking cross-country in the morning, we came upon the thick pine forest that lines the Alport Valley. A cut through the tress revealed the steep fall to the valley floor, a slip here would mean a very quick descent to the bottom; much faster than anyone would want, but I love finding these fascinating parts of the countryside. There was something very atmospheric and magical about this thin chute of grass a midst such dense forest on either side; with the tall pines enclosing around you and blocking all but the narrow streak of sunlight above