The walk was eventful in other ways too. I saw a few dead animals, and the usual mix of walkers, runners and cyclists. Due to the heavy rain, the run-off from the Redmires Reservoirs was a deluge -
I was very grateful that the rain help off all day, making for an easy trek along the easy-to-see path:
On the way I discovered that running with the pack was easier than I expected. So I ran down some of the steeper bits off Stanage Edge.
The journey from my home to Hathersage (about 10K/6-7 miles) took about 2 hours 20mins. After stopping for lunch, and a coffee and flapjack in the best cafe in Hathersage (Elliotts - see http://www.cafe.southlakesgroup.org/elliotts-hathersage.html), I started the return journey.
I started back about 3pm, with an ETA back home of about 5.30pm. I was keen to get back earlier, so just before 4pm, once I got to Stanage Pole - about 5K from home, and the point at which the path starts its descent - I thought I'd try running again.
It was easier this time, and once I'd started I thought I'd continue, as I was making good ground. I managed to keep it up, and ran all the 5K to my flat, arriving back just after 4.30pm.
A good day!