I haven’t been able to get a ‘big’ walk in of late but with an eye on the rapidly looming NSPCC HACK 2014 challenge (that’s a link to my sponsorship page kids) I’ve had two modest but leg-stretching yomps this weekend. The weather for the June challenge can only be better (surely?) .. Brodie dog and I were soaked on both walks this weekend!
The walk today also had another agenda – to see if local poet David Coldwell had had the chance as yet to hide away one of the geocached poems that he’s been enhancing the poetry trail I devised with. I knew he had already hidden one for Heron (one of his own poems) and Small Fry (one of Alison Lock’s poems) but David was also going to do the same for Ammon Wrigley up on Millstone Edge overlooking Castleshaw reservoirs. By the way – exact coordinates are 53°36’08.1″N 1°56’05.0″W for Heron and 53°36’19.4″N 1°57’29.1″W for Small Fry.
The memorial plaque for Mr Wrigley includes these lines:
Winds of the Pennines fresh and free
you were ever good friends to me
Out on the moors from morn till eve
Happy with you and loth to leave.
And he would maybe have substituted ‘wild’ for ‘fresh’ on a day like today!
Anyway, I couldn’t find David’s poetry geocache, so guessing he hasn’t yet placed it, although I did inadvertently find another small one nearby (not saying where of course).
I really like the idea of the trail being enhanced by geocaches (disclaimer – you can create your own of course if you know of other poems in the area – I’m no expert – or you could drop me a line and I’ll add them to the ‘live’ viewranger map, I’ve already updated it twice now).
Here are some pics from today’s training jaunt up to / along Millstone Edge.