We chose to make the most of the unseasonally warm weather by wild camping … in Derbyshire. We set out on Saturday afternoon from Edale and walked across the eastern end of Kinder Scout, dropping down to the A57, then up through Alport Dale, past Alport Castles and then northwesterly up the Alport River. We were heading for a waterfall high up on the river where the ground levelled out sufficiently to allow us to camp. For the few final kilometres, darkness was nearly upon us and we had to resort to the light of our headtorches.
We were just starting to wonder whether we would find a dry, flattish place to camp, when we came across the perfect spot; an island in the middle of the river, just below a pretty waterfall.
We pitched our tiny tent and cooked a delicious meal of gnocchi with bolognese sauce and cheese, followed by chocolate cake. After a spot of star gazing, we headed indoors and slept to the sound of the waterfall (Richard dreamt about a motorbike appearing from nowhere to our campsite, but when he awoke he realised that it was the waterfall!).
On Sunday, we packed up early and headed northwest to pick up the Pennine Way, which we subsequently followed all the way to Mill Hill. Next we skirted around the north of Kinder Scout (along ‘The Edge’) and then after about three kilometres we set off across the plateau, before heading down Grindslow Brook to Edale.