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May 4th 2006 Thursday Day 2
With no problems from the previous day we were up for an 8 am breakfast. The dining room at Old HouseIs lovely as it looks out over the Rhodeswood Reservoir. On the other side of the reservoir you can see the heavy lorries trundling over the trans Pennine route. We all had a full English, collected our packed lunches and were on the road by 9.10 am.
There was a little bit of drizzle in the air as we crossed the reservoir and the busy main road but it soon cleared into a very sunny day with quite a strong wind. We said goodbye to John who was staying in Marsden tonight. Soon we reached the stiff climb up Laddow Rocks which gave great views of Bleaklow behind us. It was quite difficult to keep your balance on the narrow path in the high wind but at least it was blowing us into the hill rather than off it. It was on this section that me and Eirlys first spoke to Pete and Pat from Wolverhampton. Pete was 71 and Pat almost 65. They were carrying huge packs containing all their camping equipment . We did get into trouble from the men folk for lagging behind chatting.
Soon it was back on to the flagstones for the pull up on to Black Hill and crossing the county border from Derbyshire intoYorkshire. Black Hill is infamous for being a black glutinous mess but in the hot sunshine it seemed quite benign as we sat by the trig point known as soldiers lump. We had our packed lunch overlooking the Wessenden valley with another busy road the A 635 in the distance. All the guide books promise a cup of tea at Snoopy’s caravan in a lay- by on the road and we set off with an extra spring in our step only to be disappointed. There was no cup of tea. It must have been his day off.
The walk continued along more reservoirs, quite easy going and soon we reached the A62 and the Standedge cutting. The B and B for the night was a mile off the PW down the road in Diggle. Very hot walking in the afternoon sunshine. New Barn was only OK , very clean but the rooms were small and shared bathroom.
There were no tea and biscuits either. Pete and
Pat were also staying but somehow they managed to get en- suite
which seemed to set a trend for the rest of the walk. Evening meal
was at the Diggle Hotel where Peter had his first lamb Henry. A good
day everyone in good health and no blisters.
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