Although the great British summer was a little bit of a damp squid, the lack of continuous sunshine didn’t impact the fundraising spirits of the t-mac team! In a bid to enjoy the outdoors as well as raise money for good causes, the team decided to take on Kinder – which at 2,087 feet is the highest mountain in the Peak District a whopping 636m above sea level!
Fortunately (or unfortunately) for the 17-strong team, we had chosen a rare day when the sun was out! Nevertheless, we donned our hiking boots and met at the car park close to Edale station ready for the challenge just after 2.30pm. After a quick stop at the local shop for a few last minute supplies, we began our route in an anti-clockwise direction along Pennine Way.
Our first challenge was to navigate the tough incline through Sheepfold up to Grindslow Knoll – we were glad to get this steep bit out of the way at the start of the walk especially with the sun beating down on us!
The walk through Edale Head to Kinder Low, along the tops of the mountains, was quite a gentle one except for a few boggy bits and the need for some rock climbing! Thankfully, we had ‘Scout Leader’ Ian (our own Captain Scott) to help us all conquer the big rock at the top.
From Kinder Low we began the descent back to Edale through Jacob’s Ladder, Sheepfold and Upper Booth. At this point we thought all the scrambling was finished and we could leisurely stroll to the finish line. Unfortunately, the route back into Edale was not flat – one final hill stood in our way as well as fields full of sheep and lambs!
We gave a big sigh of relief when the finish line came in to in sight and once we crossed it headed to The Old Nags Head Pub in Edale for a well-deserved drink or two! It took us around three and a half hours to complete the 10k trek and we raised £1,500 for charity - a great way to spend a summer’s day!