Me and LTD set off quite late, taking advantage of the fact that some eejit had been fiddling with all the clocks. Apparently, it was now British Summer Time and, to celebrate this, it had been snowing overnight and, whilst there was no lying snow in Crook (presumably the ground had warmed up a bit) - there was a dusting to be seen on the Weardale Moors from the top of Cold Knott, a lofty height of just 256 metres overlooking Crook roundabout on the A68 and a large part of Upper Weardale.
This route is about 5.7 miles and with 450 feet up uppity and exactly the same amount in a downhill direction. Its a nice walk although one of the public footpaths ends at a fence where it should cross a fence, but there's an alternative one a bit further along the field. So that was OK, then,
There were a few doggy walkers about early on, a family group and a man dressed in camo with some binoculars - and lots and lots of ewes with lambs. There's plenty of space to pass far, far apart, though and most people seemed to want to avoid me rather than me avoiding them. Maybe it was the bloodstained PPE and the axe. People can be funny about how you dress around here.
One field has been half ploughed , so this might get difficult when Farmer Brown finishes the ploughing - and the footpath goes right across the middle, so it will be muddy. Some of the other paths, specially in Kitty's Wood are getting muddy with all the extra traffic. On the upside, Crook Ramblers and Groundworks did a litter-pick in Kitty's Wood in the winter, collecting 26 bags of litter, a bike saddle, an estate agents "For Sale sign and a derelict tent with a hole in it and - wait for it.... thee place still looks fairly tidy. There is some extra litter blown-in from neighbouring fields and a few extra crisp packets. And we almost caught a sunset, but it was nithering cold and I hadn't a headlight or any other kit so I'd have had to alter my intended route if it had gone dark (Local woods have a lot of brambles to trip over)
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