28 May 2016
We went to the Peak District in northern England for the Spring Bank Holiday weekend. As hiking has become one of our favourite weekend activities lately, it seemed like the perfect place to go.
We had booked two nights at the The Rising Sun, an old 1700s country pub located in Hope Valley. I’ve always wanted to stay at a pub in the English countryside so it was perfect. Keen to start our first hike, we checked in quickly and then went for lunch at Yorkshire Bridge Inn, just by the Ladybower Reservoir.
As preparation we had bought a book with hikes all around the Peak District, and today we wanted to try the Win Hill Pike and Crook Hill hike. It started at the Ladybower Reservoir, and then went sharply uphill through woodland and moors to the peak of Win Hill, where we enjoyed fabulous views over the surrounding areas.
After ascending the peak we continued along a ridge, passing over moors and meadows filled with sheeps, following an old Roman road which eventually took us back down to the valley. From there we started to ascend the second peak, Crook Hill, which turned out to provide even more breathtaking vistas.
All in all the walk was 15.6 km with a total climb of 569 metres. Apart from the wonderful views, we also enjoyed the constantly shifting landscape along the route, part woodland, part moors and part cliffs. We both felt that it was a perfect start to our weekend, even if we were a bit sore after all the vertical metres!