A walk above Leek – between the rain

We met in Tollgate Road, which is about half a mile passed Rudyard Station.

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It had rained a lot in the night and we had to pick our way through the muddy fields

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The rain had just stopped and it was quite hard going up the steep hill

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Clouds still covered the sky as we crossed the fields at the top

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From this vantage point we had a view of Rudyard Lake

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and out over Leek

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and a view towards the Roaches.

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We headed down into the valley

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at times the ground was very slippy, as Alan can testify!

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At the bottom we followed the path between two streams

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Where the water rushed along from the recent rain

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A solitary duck patrolled the stream

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and the ponds were fuller than normal

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It was easy going along the path

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A highland cow inspected us as we passed by

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We circled back by Rudyard Lake, it was here we took our break

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on the dam

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With care we crossed the stream

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We all managed to cross without incident

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before heading up to Horton Church

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and its accompanying vicarage

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Finally we headed down towards our cars, arriving just before the rain restarted

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and added to these additional pools. We were fortunate in completing our walk without getting wet!

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