Off to Edale I went.
On Wednesday last week I set off for Edale in the Peak District National Park. I’d planned for a two night camp at the Fieldhead campsite. That would give me one full day to get a good hike in. Fieldhead campsite is located in Edale and it’s a great campsite. There are several small fields and clean and warm amenities. The staff are brilliant, very welcoming and polite!
On Thursday morning I was trying to decide where to go on my hike. There are some stunning walks in that area, one of my favourites is walking up on to Kinder Scout via Grindsbrook Clough, then descending back into the Edale Valley via Jacobs Ladder.
So I decided to complete that walk. The going was a little tough for me as I’ve not been out hiking for some time. Work commitments, night shifts and family stuff have got in the way. I really enjoyed the hike though and treated myself to fish and chips at the Old Nags Head pub in Edale, which is at the end of the route and a stone’s throw from the campsite.
A really great trip and I enjoyed not being tied down with the camera gear for a change, although I did take a few snaps with the phone though 😉
New gear to try out too...
So I’m constantly selling and buying new camping or hiking gear. I like trying new kit out and to fund these purchases I often sell on what I’ve bought. Case in point is my new 2 person tent, the Durston XMid 2 with the solid inner. I sold my ultralight 1 person tent to fund the new one.
I also had an Enlightened Equipment Revelation down quilt and a Nemo Tensor insulated sleeping pad that I wanted to try out in winter conditions. Both of these worked well enough to keep me warm both nights and I was pretty comfortable too.
The new tent was the star of the show though. The conditions were pretty grim on the first day, with heavy rain showers and soggy ground conditions. The tent stood up to the soaking it got without a problem and it offered enough room to be comfortable in while I was waiting out the showers. Definitely a highly recommended tent. Lightweight, easy to pitch and pack and a vast amount of living space!