Day 2 Chapel-en-le-Frith to Glossop (16.4 miles)
My day started after breakfast with the arrival of a driver from Pacman Travel who returned me to the Old Pack Horse inn in Chapel en le Frith, the previous days pick up point so I could continue on my journey. The days destination Old Glossop a town I have visited before, indeed a year before on the Pennine way walk I had to divert there to buy a new pair of boots at the Mountain Warehouse as mine had took exception to the snow on the ascent of nearby Kinder Scout and had to be replaced. I know the place pretty well from previous visits and was in good spirits as I set off knowing there to be a number of places to eat there and spend a relaxing evening.
From the drop off point I left via the Sheffield road, the former A6 and by 10am was back on the trail and crossing fields and making good progress in the April sunshine despite a devilishly cold wind from behind. The morning walk was varied with undulating landscapes and numerous sheep and cattle.There was a number of steep climbs until after a couple of hours I rejoined the Pennine bridleway. Time to have a sit and coffee out of the wind I decided and being of vain disposition a 'selfie'
The route then became easier going under foot as it climbed to South Head and on to Mount Famine. Walkers coming in the other direction were definitely more windswept than me facing as they were the gale force winds from the South west.
As the route descended after about 6 miles into Hayfield via a pretty walk along a babbling brook into the village. As it was by now 12.30pm I was delighted to see the village had an 'eat in chippie'. What a lunchtime treat for a long distance walker. As the village church struck one o clock it was time to continue the steady progress northwards as my destination was perhaps still 9 miles away. Early progress was rapid along the Sett valley trail but soon the wind brought with it heavy rain and careful navigation was required on poor highland oaths with sharp slopes and long pulls none as great as the one up Lantern Pike in appalling conditions. I heard myself repeat the mantra 'are we having fun yet?' Truth is though I love it.
That said I was so happy out of the rain to be supping a pint of Wainwrights Gold in my overnight stay the Queens Arms before checking in around 4pm.
Now the pub was unique with classy boutique style rooms on the second floor. The whole of the Ist floor was a classy indian restaurant. I really enjoyed a super meal...and so to bed.