Day 52 - With a Little Help from My Friends

Trip Start Sep 06, 2009
Trip End Jun 07, 2010

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

I'm not alone today - a family friend, Ian Griffith, his friend, also Ian, and a lovely black lab, Hamish, have joined me to walk from Castleton to Miller's Dale and beyond. 
First I've got to get from Edale Youth Hostel (conveniently not really in Edale!) to Castleton.  This is a much steeper uphill climb than envisaged - luckily Ian and Ian are running late and we all arrive in Castleton about the same time! 
We then tackle a steep path out of Castleton past Peverell Castle and onto the green lanes of the Limestone Way.  It's fantastic to have company and we realise that Ian Griffiths and I probably crossed paths a couple of weeks ago on Hadrian's Wall as he was walking the Hadrian's Wall path as I was on the Bellingham to Greenhead section of the Pennine Way! 
We can't pass through Miller's Dale without a quick stop at The Angler's Rest and then back to another severe gradient.  We come across an escapee lamb, bleating pitifully on the wrong side of the fence from its mum and sibling.   A rescue mission ensues but the lamb ducks behind a hawthorn bush where we cannot reach it and reluctantly we withdraw sensing that the lamb is becoming even more distressed by our presence...
One car has been left a couple miles on from Miller's Dale but we need to cut some of the distance, road walking and hills out from tomorrow's journey so Ian Griffiths and I press on to Chelmorton, with the other Ian driving around to meet us. 
Then it's back to stay with the Griffiths and a delicious meal.  Thank you Ian and Eve! 

Today's smiles:

Being joined by the two Ians - it was lovely to walk with you.
Hamish, the black lab and the stick he picked up - he looked more like Winston Churchill smoking a cigar! 

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mark on

keep going, well done

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