I had a fantastic day today walking around in the snow. Didn’t really want to spoil the ending, but the title is a bit of a give-away, I actually stood on top of a hill today!
I think for the large part the photographs do more justice to todays walk than any words I could possibly conjure up, but I will provide a short narrative.
Leaving the hostel at Bridges after packing our kit, we left on a long road walk up to a farm at the foot of Stiperstones. We ascended past this and onto a crossroads on the ridge proper.
Having three options at this point I decide to go off exploring an area of old mines, others went straight to the pub, and Steve went off over the Stiperstones and headed back to the hostel for an early start home.
The plan again was to ascend the Stiperstones on our return. Due to a delay serving food in the pub, this was not for some time. After about an hour in the pub the others had been fed, and we set off on a steep reascent upto the Stiperstones.
Almost immediately on this ascent I slipped, and my knee crashed down onto what was quite possibly the only rock in this area. This was very painful initialy as signified by an exrtion of expletives on my part. Rod carried my rucksack for about the next half hour, and thankfully the pain eased, and I was able to maintain pace with the rest of the group.
Once we attained the ridge once more the ground became somewhat rockier, and I kept jarring my leg on the rocks. This brought visions of “Touching the Void” to the fore, and almost inevitably “Brown Girl in the Ring” by Boney M became stuck in my head. Think I might have to buy a new DVD to watch!
The Stiperstones can only be fully completed with a small scramble on some rocks. I was quite concerned, as obviously I was in a lot of pain in the one leg. It wasn’t a difficult decision to make, scrambling up these lovely rocks. There was no way I was going on a third consecutive climb without attaing the top, I was up like a shot! Must be getting younger for anyone who said I was getting old last week. Bar Stewards!!!!!!!!!!
The walk out was essentially a very long road walk, as the walk in had been, but by 16:30 we were in the car, and in Shrewsbury before dark. We made it back to the Midlands somewhat easier, though it did take a couple of attempts to succesfully find my way out of Shrewsbury.