Last year, my boyfriend and I closed 2016 in Sheffield and spent New Year’s Eve hiking in the Peak District; only a short car journey from the city. The last time I visited the area was over 10 years ago with my A-level geography class, so I was eager to return.
I planned the route with the help of Walking Englishman and I recommend checking out their website for ideas and inspiration. We chose the Ladybower Reservoir and Derwent Edge route as we were up for a challenge! It is rated ‘Hard’ by the Walking Englishman, however, it is perhaps the best route for varying vistas, climates, and terrain.
The weather on the day was favourable for the hike. Windy and cold on the peaks, but autumnal in the valley. Luckily, the cloud level wasn’t an issue either and it allowed us to fully appreciate the views.
We thoroughly enjoyed our hike. Nothing beats getting outside and experiencing the natural world. Our towns and cities can sometimes feel claustrophobic and void of any spirit. Thankfully, England is blessed with a rich and expansive countryside, which beats with energy and purpose. One of my aims for next year is to explore more of England’s beauty. I hope you can too.
Wishing you a prosperous and happy 2018!