HIKING & FITNESS

Edale

Kinder Scout Hiking Route & Loop 10 Miles with GPX and Garmin

Preparing my Body and Soul

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Preparing myself for the Macmillan Mighty Hike around Ullswater in July (26 miles), I decided to put my boots on and push myself for the first real hiking experience of the year.

No kids on this one just lots of sweat, tears and broken pain barriers. And that’s exactly what I got hiking through the most difficult terrain ever.


Following on from last year’s coast to coast, Joe and his partner Emily joined me and none of us fully expected what we got on the day:

  • A climb up a makeshift waterfall
  • Climbing over icey rocks for an hour up to the summit
  • Taking nearly 7 hours to walk 10 miles

But it was absolutely amazing, we really got to see the best that the Peak district had to offer and with snow covered peaks it looked stunning! Just look at the pictures below.

 

 

  • Our route starting at Coopers Campsite (Fieldhead) took us directly past Edale up Grindsbrook Booth and along Grindsbrook. I can imagine in the summer this walk is amazing however it was more like a river with ice.
  • Looking up into the clouds we couldn’t even see the summit. Just the type of adventure we wanted and as you can see from my face I was well looking forward to it.
  • Looking up into the clouds we couldn’t even see the summit. Just the type of adventure we wanted and as you can see from my face I was well looking forward to it.
  • We don’t have any pictures of the ascent near Grinsbrook Clough as we were all ensuring a safe climb up what was a very slippery, compacted snow covered rock fall but by god when we got to the top it was worth it! Looking back we should have worn micro spikes and luckily crampons weren’t needed but in all seriousness, winter safety is vital. Clothing wise we had everything for every situation but unfortunately we didn’t think about adding anything to our boots.
  • These are the only two pictures I have from when we reached the tops as the wind chill was about minus 5 and there was snow everywhere. I was more interested in keeping myself warm and face covered first.

  • Here’s where we messed up. Not following the GPS properly through lack of visibility we ended up walking over Broadlee Bank Tor which we though was Grindslow Knoll and ended up well off route.
  • It was a route covered in snow and most of it was knee deep and in lanes where the water had frozen coming down the mountain. Too wide to jump across we had to really struggle through. Big steps, knees high and lots of falls and laughs of course. After finally reaching Kinder Scout it was a walk down Jacob’s ladder which was covered in compacted snow and ice which meant a slow decent with more falls.
  • The sun was starting to set which was ok as I had head torches but we stopped for a moment to really take in the surroundings in their agonising beauty. What was meant to be a 3-4 hour walk turned into nearly 7.
  • But it was all worthwhile to share our adventure and the route below for anyone else looking to explore Edale and the surrounding amazing walks.

All I would suggest is preparing for any potential situation. We had full kit and it could have been a very different story as there was no way we could have climbed down the way we came. 

Great boots, full base, thermal and waterproof layers, gloves and hat as well as enough water. We probably should have taken more food than 1 flapjack looking back but at a nearly 4000 calorie burn, a Big Mac was on the cards.

Hope you love the pictures as much as I loved the walk. My legs are still like jelly two days later but it was all worth it. Same time next week 🙂

Feel free to connect with me on Garmin or use the route below.

Edale, Kinder Scout 10 Mile Loop GPX

It does rain alot!

Activities When the Weather Says No

What do you do when it rains?

As an adventurous dad that works a lot, parenting comes with a whole host of responsibilities. From the big, like making sure that they are eating correctly, to the small, like giving them something to do all the time, there will never be a dull moment with children in our house.

Of course, when it’s raining outside and the weather is bad, this will only get worse. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the best activities for during these times, so that you can stick to keeping the kids happy.

  • Movies: As an adult, there is nothing better than curling up with a movie which you’ve been excited about for a long time. Curling up with the little ones is also just as great and all of the streaming services offer nice and easy choices nowadays. There are loads of sites out there which are dedicated to hosting reviews and giving parents advice on the best films for their kids.
  • Reading, Arts & Crafts: Of course, sitting down and watching a movie is great for when you want to chill out, but this isn’t always enough. Giving your kids the chance to be creative, arts can crafts can be a great way to stave off the bad weather blues. Blogs are one of the best resources you have when you’re researching this sort of idea.
  • Games: Adding a little bit of interactivity to your rainy days is a great way to make it more interesting for your young ones. Both video games and traditional options are great for this, with a lot of the options out there being designed for families. This sort of activity doesn’t just have to be fun for this kids, as a lot of the available games have subtle yet mature themes.
  • Swimming: You don’t have to stay at home just because the weather is bad. If you have a local indoor swimming pool, a day of bad weather is one of the best to use it. These sorts of places are usually very cheap and will give your kids the chance to get some exercise even when they can’t play outside.
  • Rock Climbing: Some children might not like swimming, or you may simply be after an option which provides something a little bit different. A lot of indoor pools are adopting rock climbing walls, nowadays. Using special equipment to keep things safe, this sort of activity can be enjoyed by even very young children.
  • Trampoline Days: Finally, as the last idea to consider, most people love the idea of spending a day surrounding by trampolines. There are loads of places opening around the world offering this sort of experience. To find one local to you, you may have to do some research, though this will be worth it once you’ve got a day booked.
  • Just go outside: Buy yourself some quality waterproofs, get your children something strong, sturdy and made for the weather conditions (not thermal for summer and not lightweight for winter etc.) Just do it!

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the time you put into the rainy days you spend with your kids at home. Wet weekends don’t have to be at the top of your child’s list of dislikes. Instead, with the right time, effort, and dedication, most people are able to make these times interesting.