I have been on a very big adventure, I have been to a place called the Peak District and I stayed in a little house called a caravan. This was the first time I had ever stayed in a caravan or away from home at night. I got a little bit scared the first night as I could hear strange noises outside, it turned out to be little animals playing and looking for their tea, silly me. I got very very scared on the second night as the wind was blowing that hard the caravan was moving!
It was quite late by the time I got there on Friday night so I went straight to bed so that I would have lots of energy for my first day of hopping.
I in the woods
The first hop was a circular hop from Roaches gate to Docksey Pool and the south end of the Roaches. First of all I had to hop up a very steep slope, then climb up through some woods and then up these steps I was very tired by the time I got to the top and had to sit on a rock.
I didn't think I could do it, but I did.
After my little rest it was more climbing up and up, but the path wasn’t really a path. It was all very big stones and rocks and lots of mud, I saw some people hanging off the rocks and was about to shout for help when a big dog told me not to worry. The people were doing something called mountain climbing, and they wanted to do it! It looked a bit scary to be, but the big dog told me that these people found it fun, I am not sure that I would like it.
After a lot of hopping I got to the top, the wind was very strong and was making the water in the pool all ripply it looked very pretty. There is a legend (a legend is a story but no ones if it’s true or not), that the pool is bottomless and the water always stays the same no matter how hot it gets. Then I had to get back down, which is not as easy as it sounds. The path down was very step and stony and muddy and very slippery. But I got to the bottom with out falling over and had a little sit on a bench, which had a very funny poem on it.
I wasn’t tried so I decided to go on another hop this time a circular hop from Roaches gate to Dains Mill and Hen Cloud. The first part of this hop was over fields and through a farm, I said ‘hi’ to the hens and told them I was on an adventure, they told me it looked like rain, I couldn’t see any clouds so I carried on, down the farm track and into another field where there were ducks and a pig, who was happily playing in a big puddle of mud, he was very mucky. The trail ran along side a stream and the ground was very muddy, but I wanted to see the mill and this was the only path and after a lot of hopping and big jumping over muddy puddles I got to the mill, and was very disappointed, the water wheel wasn’t working. Then it was another big climb up a steep track and on to a nice level wooded track and a long hop back to the Roaches. Now my guild book said I should climb up Hen Cloud, but it had started to rain, so I went to the tearoom instead for a nice cup of hot tea.
Then I went for a hop around part of Rudyard lake which is very big, it had boats and ducks and a little steam train, I thought it would be nice to have a ride on it, but I had missed the last one. By now I was a tired bunny so I went back to the caravan for my carrot and bed.
On Sunday I had wanted to hop to Lud church and then on to Hanging rock, so I set off early because the weatherman had said the weather would be horrible after dinner. First I had to hop down a big slope that was all rocks and mud, into the wood below, then through the woods, it was very muddy. I think it must be better to hop in the peaks in the summer time. After about an hour I came to Lud church, it’s not a real church, it’s a cleft.
I had to hop down a lot of steps to get down into it and then hop up a lot more to get out, it was lovely and quiet; all you could hear was the dripping of the water that was dripping off the mosses. By the time I had hopped out of Luds church the sky had gone very dark and it was only 10 past 10. I didn’t think it would be a good idea to go on to hanging rock, as daddy had told me to watch the weather in the peaks because it can change very quickly. I got very scared coming over Back Forest Ridge because by now the wind was very strong and the snow was coming really heavy, I thought I would never get across the ridge, but then the trail started to drop down and the wind and snow wasn’t as bad. I was really tired and my chest hurt from the cold wind, so I went back to the caravan to get dry and warm and count my lucky carrots.
Now I am planning my next adventure
If you want to see more photo’s of my trip they are in my photos on the side bar.
Peak district info luds church