An autumn walk on Kinder Scout

Sundays weather was reported to be sunny, dry but cold so Darren & I had decided to go to the Peak District for a walk up Kinder Scout.

As the clocks had gone back 1 hour we didn’t loose any sleep with an early start. I was at Darren’s house for 08:00 sharp for our 45 mile drive to Edale. Traffic on the M60 was good & the drive up the A6 OK. We parked up at the public car park in Edale for 09:20 & by the time we’d got our boots on & paid the £5.20 parking we were off on our way.

The first half mile was on the road leading from the car park to the Old Nags Head in Edale village, from here we picked up The Pennine Way & headed west across the fields towards the farm at Upper Booth a total of 1.85 miles. Then a short stretch of road until we picked up the Pennine way again. At approx 2.9 miles we reached the start of Jacobs Ladder the climb up to the higher points of Kinder Scout. at this point you’ve climbed approx 390 m (1280 feet) from the car park. Not too difficult a climb if you take it steady.

Once on top we found the trig point marking 633 m above sea level at Kinder Low, quick opportunity for a photo. We then pushed on across the moor towards Kinder Downfall. Quite a few people at this point & the wind had picked up too. You can’t hang around up here for too long as you start to cool off quite quickly.

Off we went across Kinder Scout & Edale Moor with a view we were taking the right path….

…….but after following then small stream away from Kinder Downfall the path ended. As we were taking quick look at the map to get our bearings a man came wandering across the moor & asked which direction we were heading. Edale was the response & he said he too was heading there. He seemed to know the lye of the moor very well & was chatting to us as we took off at a fair old pace across the moorland. It seems that it’s easy to get disorientated up on the moor & loose your way & he pointed out a couple of landmarks that can be used as navigation points. There are a couple of what we class as Christmas trees up on the moor but he pointed out two quite close to each other. We spent our time trying to avoid the water filled pools & peaty wet areas as we all trudged towards Crowden Tower. From Crowden Tower you start the decent down towards Edale and no more noticeably than at Grindslow Knoll. Here you can see across the valley with good views of Mam Tor, Hollins Cross, Bank Tor and Lose Hill. The drop down from Grindslow Knoll is quick if you are nimble, with the drop about 200m (640 feet).

The a short dash across the farm land to the Old Nags Head for a quick but well deserved pint of Black Sheep. It was after the quick pint we said our farewell to our companion. Didn’t get his name but a nice man.

Old boys gathering

The week at the heart of the UK Engineering Applications hub has been a busy one with a mixture of tickets being raised with technical support being requested to new software requiring ordering. We do seem to be getting a large volume of tickets being raised at the moment. I do say though that in most cases it’s not the IT or software causing the problems but the users! Maybe more training or less access to the software settings or maybe both!

Friday though was the ‘Old Boy’s gathering. Hamlin had set the wheels in motion for us to get together something we’d not done since December last year! The ‘old boy’s’ are a group of ex-colleagues who worked together over the years and mainly got together at Povall Floor + Wilson (PF+W) in the late 90’s. but as time passed by moved on & worked at other companies, however we have all kept in touch.

There were only 6 of us who were able to make the gathering at The Rising Sun in Manchester which is our usual haunt. Guess what by the time Phil Beswick & I got there just before 18:00 the guys were in their usual spot in the window. The beer, laughter & stories flowed all night long and with 300+ years in age for the 6 of us there was some story telling. Nothing to eat which is always dangerous meant I was busy looking for something to eat on the wall home from Hindley rail station. At 22:30 on a Friday night I was appalled that there are no open chippys but if you want pizza, curry or kebab you are heartily catered for. So it was a kebab for me to help soak the beer up.

Up early on Saturday as United had the lunch time KO against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Not a had game for the neutral to watch. Chelsea went 1-0 up after some slack defending by Paul Pogba allowing Rudiger to score in the 21st minute. United rallied round with a better 2nd half performance where Anthony Martial scored twice before Ross Barkley scored the equaliser in the 96th minute for Chelsea. So many time over the years had we used all minutes available to us & often teased by opposition fans calling it Fergie time that we got undone by our own best asset. As the Chelsea fans jumped with joy there was a minor bust-up on the touchline as one of Chelsea’s backroom staff twice ran past Jose Mourinho celebrating in his face before Mourinho was up out of his seat. At the end of the game there were chants of F*ck off Mourinho from some of the Chelsea fans. Strange behaviour as he is their most successful manager. Chelsea staff & fans equal no class.

Today we’ve had mum & dad over for tea. Nice to see them as we’ve not seen them for two weeks. They both look well. We even got a Skype call from Sam, Harry & Nancy who again I’d not heard from in a couple of weeks. Harry has lost a tooth & the tooth fairy had left a £2 coin. Wow inflation is at a high as 50 years ago I was only getting a sixpence (old money) equivalent to 2.5 pence in New money.

Date night – A Star is Born

Tonight was date night for Mrs C and myself and we’d planned to go to the cinema to watch the latest block buster – A Star is Born.

First we headed for something to eat at Coast to Coast and both had burgers. Not what I was expecting but pleasantly surprised as they were not the tall, impossible to eat, gourmet burgers that seem to be the norm in some restaurants but they were  easy to hold and eat.

Mrs C had pre-booked tickets but explained that we would be sat near the front. Not what I wanted but all that was left was row C. Not too had and certainly not as close as I thought they’d be. By the time the trailers had started the place was full.

The film revolved around a chance meeting between Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) an established musician and Ally (Lady Gaga) a young musician who appeared to be giving up on her dream in a bar where a bunch of drag queens were holding an open mic night.

Jack (Jackson) and Ally had an instant connection but as their relationship developed their careers took different directions.

A gripping story-line, fantastically directed by Bradley Cooper who also starred as Jackson, his voice both with verbal dialogue & his singing capability were great. How he kept up the gravelly voice was amazing. Sadly he was not as strong with his acting in the latter third of the film but Lady Gaga held the film together with a strong, raw and earthy performance as Ally and you can see why she is being linked with a potential Oscar nomination. I expected her singing to be excellent but wow can she act, hell yes.

Well done all, a must watch film.