I’m on a roll now… met up with the Shamblers walking group again today!  This time for ab ‘Easy’ 6-mile walk from Stanley Ferry near Wakefield.  A beautiful canal and woodland there-and-back walk, with a lunch stop at a local church.

We started from a pub, and the sun was shining – what could be better?!

An early viewpoint of a weir was our first stopping point.

We stopped for lunch at a beautiful little church… and the clouds in the sky were a stunning swirl of shapes.

 

 

 

There followed other beautiful snaps along the river.  It was so peaceful, my mind wandered to Psalm 23 in the Bible: He leads me beside still waters, He restores my soul.

I found it peaceful and refreshing to walk through countryside, and especially near water.  Something soothing and restorative – and the sunshine, when it appeared from behind the clouds, was an added bonus.

 

 

 

Tomorrow’s walk however will be a LOT tougher.  It’s gonna be a ‘Strenuous’ 10.5 miler… and the weather forecast is for continuous pouring rain.  Oh joy…

It’ll start in Old Glossop, and take us over moorland and up hills around Snake Pass summit.  If we don’t get blown or washed away, I’ll report back tomorrow evening as to how my Peak District Six Dales Challenge training is coming along.