|Day 3 Glossop to Diggle (17.8 miles)
With morning came preparations to leave my overnight accommodation at the Queens Arms in Old Glossop. To-days destination was the Newbarn at Harrop Green farm in Diggle which my guide informed me was in walking distance of a pub which offered evening meals, always a joy to read.
With much of the country suffering bad weather it was lovely to set off in fine weather but a fierce south westerly wind. The days route offered a mix of paths, tracks and lanes including the Pennine high level bridleways.
It was good to stop for a brew on the way using hot water, tea and milk purloined from the overnight stay.
Today was a day where I passed a number of attractive reservoirs, Bottoms, Armfield, Swineshaw and Dovestone to name but 4
The first village I passed was Padfield and from there I walked over a disused railway line, now the Logendale trail, a great way to use old railway land I thought.
As the day progressed I began using the Oldham trail over streams and moorland after the previous hilly pastures.
. As progress was good I made a brief detour to Greenfield and happened upon the rather charming Clarence pub to enjoy a 'liquid lunch' ....most agreeable it was too. I headed back and the afternoon saw a few navigational errors that made the day longer than the expected 14.5 mile hike.It is not beyond the realms of possibility that my lunch choices may have contributed to this. as was the straining climb up to craggy outcrop known as 'pots and pans' site of a war memorial visible for miles around. The ascent continued to shaw rocks where somehow I missed an indescript gap in the wall and ended up on a main road. My only alternative a yomp across Saddleworth moor to reach Diggle at 5.30pm. Following gps rather than an established route I had to climb fences topped by barb wire and managed to rip one pair of mountain trousers. Oh well should have stayed sober earlier!
It was another lovely venue and a pleasant overnight stay after a visit to the nearby Diggle hotel.