Jan 13 13
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Richard had deadlines to meet this weekend, so I’ve been out and about enjoying the chilly weather!

On Saturday I cycled with the Tamworth Road and Mountain Cycle Club from Fazeley. Incredibly, within 15 minutes of cycling, we rode along some roads that were completely new to me. Thankfully it was a steady ride and so I kept up with the peloton. About two-thirds of the way, we stopped at a cafe in Roliston and then headed home. We cycled 35 miles in total and I learnt a few things about cycling along the way; so a great morning out. Much better than the afternoon, which was spent cleaning carpets!

To make up for my domesticated Saturday afternoon, on Sunday I met Katy and Amy in Edale for a run on Kinder. After some discussion, we decided to park at Barber Booth to avoid the car parking charge in Edale and from there we decided on a route which went onto the Kinder Plateau from Barber Booth, along Kinder edge to the east and then across Kinder Plateau on the famous footpath, which isn’t really a footpath, but just a general direction to follow. This footpath ‘leads’ to Kinder Downfall, from where our planned was to run down to Swine’s Rocks, over Brown Knoll, up to Rushup Edge, along to Hollins Cross and back down to Barber Booth.

The weather was fantastic; blue skies and cold, and the hoar frost was spectacular! We had to stop a number of times to take pictures! A good 3hr30 run was had and once we’d returned to the cars, we headed off to the Woodbine Cafe to warm up.

Hoar frost on Kinder

Hoar frost on Kinder

A rather random shed that we came across on Kinder Plateau. This shed was largely responsible for us being slightly too much to the left... because we had to go and investigate it, once we'd seen it from afar.

A rather random shed that we came across on Kinder Plateau. This shed was largely responsible for us being slightly too much to the left… because we had to go and investigate it, once we’d seen it from afar.

View from the Kinder Plateau over Hayfield Reservoir

View from the Kinder Plateau over Hayfield Reservoir

Katy on Kinder Low :-)

Katy on Kinder Low :-)

Hoar frost on the fence on Rushup Edge

Hoar frost on the fence on Rushup Edge

Lots of atmosphere :-)

Lots of atmosphere :-)

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