The Peak District isn’t all about hills; a view doesn’t have to be in the distance for it to be breathtaking.
This idea that technology is bad, that GPS is cheating, that outdoors aides make you less of an outdoorsy type – these ideas need to die. They’re steeped in the past, they’re unhelpful and they don’t encourage anybody to discover our beautiful outdoor spaces.
When you’re visiting a National Park renowned for it’s rugged and sweeping hills, barren moors and mountain scenery, it might not occur to you that some of the most impressive walks might be found in the valleys.
The landscape of the Brecon Beacons is altogether different from the Peaks and, to my eyes, sits somewhere between the grandeur of the Lake District and the rolling hills I’m more familiar with back home.
I experienced almost every type of weather over the 10 miles of this route to the impressive Tower at Alport Castles in the Peak District.
This walk from The Roaches to Lud’s Church takes us to a place where strange folk dwell and even stranger legends persist.
“What does Forrest Gump have to do with hill walking in the Peak District?” I hear you ask.