2017!! Where did 2016 go, Well we sat chatting with Mrs Jones just a few days before before New Year, we have nothing planned, we have house full of food and wine Christmas with the family was really good, I really wanted to do something different for New Year Eve, it then popped into my head how about we celebrate New Years Day with a walk and some photos and a sunrise on the first of the year! Now to convince Mrs Jones to get up at 4.30am on New Years day.
Well we went to bed before 12.00 this was odd, but new it would be worth it, Alarm went off and we were in the car at 5.00am 3hrs before Sunrise travelling up an very empty M42 and M1 to the top of the Peak District, Mam Tor was our destination, a beautiful spot and fairly easy 5 mile circular walk watch the sun come up should have some good photo opportunities and then find a lovely pub lunch with a roaring fire was the plan.
We arrived with half before sunrise, it was evident we are not the only people who though this was a good idea, a few people had already arrived at the carpark. Also my photo I had in my head of the sun coming up with the path of Mam Tor wasn't going to happen as the cloud cover was 100% and the fog, mist and rain that was swirling round was slightly annoying, but lets make the most of it we started our walk and it got slowly lighter as the first day started of 2017, no sun but the scenery through the cloud was well worth, what a brilliant thing to do, we took the obligatory selfie shot (as above) at the summit, we carried on our walk and the snow came down thickly just to make it that bit colder, it was slippy underfoot and about halfway Mrs Jones decided to do a commando role down the side of a very wet muddy path, i didn't laugh i promise, and didn't even get a photo :( but she was ok, but managed to collect half the side of Mam Tor mud from head to toe, 3hrs later we made it back to the car, due Mrs Jones mud wrestling we were not going to a pub, so we travelled back home and collapsed had lazy afternoon at home with a glass of wine.
Was it worth it, yes, brilliant thing to do and the wether and scenery was dramatic and great thing to do on the first day of the year, will be planning next years trip admittedly with more clothing.
Happy New Year!
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