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LETJOG – Day 26: Saturday 12 June – GLOSSOP to DIGGLE (15 miles)

A flowering laburnum at its best, in Greenfield

Many of you might have spotted that I have adopted song titles for my daily blog headings, and some are enquiring as to my criteria around my choices! Well, I set out with the intention that all my musical nominations should have some relevance to my LETJOG walk, so with titles around season, weather, topography, or mood, perhaps. As things have transpired though, I have readily migrated to some rather obvious choices (for example buttercups, where there are not too many options), but mainly, of course, towards those numbers that suit my tastes in music – hence many 1960’s and 70’s US and UK singer/songwriter compositions, leaning more towards country and folk than to hard rock. There will, naturally, be a LETJOG playlist at the end of all this that will serve as a reminder to me of the various songs I’ve been humming and singing to myself as I walk. Consequently, a key criteria is that each song must fit with my activity and the mood of the day, and certainly that the choice must not grate nor detract from the compilation as a whole.

So, there you have it. And, as some will know, I am part of a small group in the Berkhamsted area, the ‘Music Musers’, who have been meeting regularly for the last three years or so, and weekly via Zoom during the lockdowns, to discuss popular (and less popular) music, across most genres. Many thanks to all you Musers for your inspiration, and I’m sure that my song title choices will give ample cause for debate!

Back to the walking(!), and today has been close to perfect. A scheduled ‘rest day’, of ‘only’ 15 miles, meant that I could lie-in until just after 8.00 am and take my time in leaving Glossop. In warm but comfortable weather, and with the clear air allowing for far-reaching views, I made the long climb out of the town, picking up the Pennine Bridleway for the whole morning past the reservoirs at Tintwhistle, ascending up and over the Arnfield Flats moors, traversing the tracks above Mossley, and on and down, eventually, into Greenfield. For all of this journey I was able to proceed at a relaxed pace and with ample time to fully take in the sights and views of this wonderful part of the country.

Geese on Bottoms Reservoir, near Tintwhistle
Along the Pennine Bridleway, where I encountered a scattering of walkers and cyclists, but no horse-riders
A lone foxglove along the way . . .
. . . and a gap worth minding!

After a snack lunch on the Greenfield green, watching the cricket, my pace slowed further still for three final miles on The Tame Valley Way along a former railway track, before joining the towpath of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal into Diggle. Here I had plenty of time by the water for an ice cream in the sun, and for some route planning and accommodation administration in the shade.

The point where the Huddersfield Narrow Canal enters Thomas Telford’s three-mile Standedge Tunnel (opened in 1811)
A perfect walk topped off with one of Grandpa Greene’s Luxury Ice-creams on arrival at Diggle

News on my brewery visits has been less spectacular, with two breweries in New Mills yesterday and two in Greenfield today being closed! I hope that this is due to my poor planning rather than being indicative of any terminal malaise to the micro-brewing sector, and I was relieved to be able to enjoy a pint of Donkeystone Brewery’s refreshing Tiger Pale Ale with my dinner at The Gate Inn at Diggle where I am staying tonight. I notice that this company is crowdfunding to assist their ‘bounce back’ from the pandemic restrictions – good luck guys, we need your lovely beer!

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