It was a gorgeous day for our last walk of 2016. There had been a hard frost overnight creating an archetypal crisp, bright, winter scene.
We set off up the familiar cuckoo steps and along Heptonstall Road into Eaves Wood. I had to make frequent stops as I got out of breath after the Christmas lethargy, but as always it was worth the climb.
The brilliant sun ‘up tops’ allowed me to practice using my new camera and I Phil taught me a few techniques including manually adjusting the shutter speed – a handy tip for taking photos towards the sun.
On the steps behind hell hole rocks, I managed to stub my already sore toe, causing me severe pain and the need to stop. We rested on the wall near ‘photographers’ corner’ before taking the straight path to St. Thomas’ church.
Parts of the grounds were cordoned off for work on the tower. We detoured through the church, pausing to look round before emerging into the slippery graveyard.
Tentatively, we crossed into the ruined church and circumnavigated as far as possible.
Finding we could not go right the way round, we double-backed and exited towards the village. At the Cross Inn, we enjoyed a pint and looked at the ‘winter art exhibition’ including a couple of Phil’s photos before a quick walk back down via the road.
More photos at: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AjkK19zVvfQtidwewAINgmFPQ4g1nA