How are you doing?
I'm not doing to bad myself, all things considered. I'll admit, things are getting a little hectic with university coming to a finish and my fundraising deadline getting closer and closer still with £1300 left to raise, but all in all I'm good. I can't wait for the summer. I genuinely feel like it's going to be the best yet! By now you should know that I'm heading out to the Dominican Republic in June and then I'm climbing Kilimanjaro for Childreach International in August! I'm forever saying how much I can't wait but as I mentioned in my Healey Nab post, I have quite a bit of training to do before I can even attempt to climb the world's tallest free standing mountain!
Close by to Healey Nab is a slightly larger hill. Knowing that a good hike is the best practice I can do, myself and Edmond took it upon ourselves to do two in two days, whilst I was at his house in Chorley. Day one was an impromptu trip up Healey Nab and then the day after took us to Rivington Pike, somewhere we'd been aiming to visit since we got together.
Just a short drive from Chorley town centre, basically into the countryside, there is a hidden turn off towards a car park. I almost didn't feel like I was in the right place until a few others pulled up and began making their way up the pathway. All we knew was to follow that path up. Seemed simple enough. We came to a lovely old looking brick bridge and, as you do, took plenty of photos. A guy pulled up in a jeep and handed us a leaflet for a photography competition noticing our DSLR cameras. A relief because I thought he was going to tell us to stop climbing over the bridge.
It definitely became a work out as we took ever diversion possible. The second we saw old looking steps, we headed straight up them. Slightly worrying considering the amount of American Horror Story we've been watching lately. I think it was the inner photography in both of us. All of Ed's photos have come out better than mine so hopefully I will get his new blog set up very soon and he can showcase them to you all. In the meantime, I wouldn't recommend taking so many diversions, even if your curiosity gets the better of you, since we did get a little lost. Luckily we found our way back on track but I was still interested to know what all the old buildings were for and why so may weren't being used anymore. (Perhaps something to research and get back to you on.)
Eventually, with the top of the hill in sight, we thought we were nearly there. What didn't help was the extremely steep load of steps up to the top. A few times up and down those steps is definitely better than the gym membership I'm currently paying for. It may have been steep but the views from the top were beautiful. A lovely day it was too!
|Views of Winter Hill, a place the Barefoot Backer recently walked to the top of!|
Definitely worth the mini hike up to the top of just for the views and photos. Unfortunately we went during the school holidays which meant there were a few youths messing about but other than that, it was very peaceful up there. I could quite happily walk up the with a book and chill out for a bit. I wish now that we had taken a packed lunch. Definitely something I think we'll do over summer when it is warmer.
So close to the summer holidays now and hopefully we'll get in another climb before we go to Dom Rep as we have big plans for when we get there! Look out for my Dom Rep itinerary!
Hope you've been making the most of the sun!
- KC xx