Distance: 27,7 km (17,2 mi) for a total of 992,5 km (616,7 mi)
Ascent (ca.): 830 m (2725 ft)
Weather: Sunny and very warm
Although set up for an early start it took me and Geoff longer than intended to leave as everybody wanted to wish us luck on our way. And of course we had to stop to get a picture of the plate indicating the start of the Pennine Way.
The first bit of the way was an easy stroll in the shade, something only to occur again at the very end of the day. Soon the start of Jacob’s Ladder was reached and we climbed up the steep path in the blazing sun already unpleasant hot.
A hint of shade was used for a break. The walk along the edge of the Kinder Scout plateau was the same one I did last September, only in the opposite direction. River Kinder definitely had had more water by that time, but the views had been equally good if you compare this one and the photo in my blog header taken back then.
From Mill Hill it was an easy to follow path made of stone slabs across Featherbed Moss. After crossing the A57 we had our lunch break somewhere along Devil’s Dike. Bleaklow Head, very obvious and not to be missed (at least not in glaring sunshine), was reached without any problems.
The descent to Torside Reservoir on a stony narrow path wasn’t fun on the end of the day, but we made it both down without getting shattered. The views were splendid, but I couldn’t really appreciate them as the path needed my full concentration. The last bit of this day’s walk was again more relaxing, along the reservoir in a small woodland and before long we entered the campsite at Crowden.