Making The Most Of The Longest Day
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The summer solstice falls on Wednesday 21st of June this year and it is going to provide roughly 17 hrs of daylight (if it's not cloudy or raining) and looking at the forecast it is set to be a belter. Ask anyone and they'll tell you I'm not the earliest bird, let alone getting up before sunrise, but I can definitely make an exception for this once-a-year event. 17 hours! That's a lot of time to get outside and enjoy what the British summer has to offer.
Here is the itinerary for my ultimate longest day - hopefully this will give you some ideas and inspire you to get up early and make the most of it.
A quick bite of porridge and a coffee and I’m out the door, on the road and into the Peaks for a morning run.
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Standing atop Kinder Scout the sun greets me as I look out over Manchester and take in the views across the Cheshire Plains out to distant Wales.
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If I wasn’t awake before then a bracing swim at the “17 footer” natural plunge pool in Rivelin Valley, just outside of Sheffield will do the trick...
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PICK UP FRIENDS
A quick drive into Sheffield passing the burnt out Ski Village :( - training ground for many a GB park and pipe athlete - and it's time to pick up the bikes.
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LADY CANNING'S BIKE TRAILS
Two blue grade trails wind their way through woods on the east of the peak district - a lot of fun for competent riders. After riding the trails, it’s a quick wash-down and off to the pub for lunch.
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10 minutes down the road and the Plough Inn in Hathersage has a nice secluded beer garden and an excellent Ploughman’s to refuel on.
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A bit of drive but Miller Dale viaduct is a 75ft drop that is a lot of fun to set a rig up at and abseil off.
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BOULDERING AT STANAGE EDGE
With over 2000 routes the mile long gritstone crag has routes which cater to all levels of climbers. We decide to focus on plantation for the session working on some our favourite problems.
After a day full of activities it’s nice to just sit back and soak up the sunset with your cold bottle of choice and chat to friends. Those who still have some energy can relax with some sunset yoga, but I think I'll be enjoying a cold, well-earned beer!
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About the Author:
Pete Fletcher - Outdoor Expert
Pete grew up hiking most of the trails in the Lake District before being introduced to skiing. A decade later and you're most likely to find him snowboarding, skateboarding or making a mean coffee.