The Old Nags Head, Edale, Derbyshire
Not just any old English Pub but the start (or finish) of England’s first (therefor oldest) Long Distance Right of Way…….The Pennine Way.
Aptly named as this long distance path follows the backbone of England, the Pennines.
The walk takes in heights of over 2000 ft. but regularly takes the walker on a roller coaster walk from valley floor to moorland and rocky heights. 270 miles and 6 English Counties are covered and if you started the walk at Edale you will finish at Kirk Yetholm just over the Scottish border.
Edale itself is a small and rather understated village for the number of visitors in addition to all the walkers that arrive here. The old village is just a cluster of houses, a Church and old Grave Yard, a Village School, an Hotel the Nags Head plus a Railway Station. the whole village is surround by numerous farms, with lots of sheep and of course the Kinder Plateau the first significant climb for those who tackle the challenge.
Our walk today was just a short memory refresher of an area we have often explored. A short excursion crossing the wooden bridge over the often over full Grinds Brook which today was surprisingly dry….
then off up the original main trail of the Pennine Way….not far but enough to recognise the challenge of completing the whole walk…
The route was established both as a Challenge to be walked over several days but in ‘one go’…but as the route paces many places and crosses many roads it can be done ‘bit by bit’. It can of course (and often is) walked in reverse. Which ever way it is still a BIG challenge.
(C) David Oakes 2016