Bet­ter than Brook­lyn!

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - The View -

We planned a fam­ily reunion in Au­gust to mark our 50th wed­ding an­niver­sary, my 80th birth­day and reach­ing ten years of suc­cess­ful ac­tive sur­veil­lance since be­ing di­ag­nosed with prostate cancer. There were ten of us, in­clud­ing my son’s fam­ily over from New York. We did the clas­sic boat trip to How­town and lake shore walk back. But the four grand­chil­dren, aged 8 to 12, wanted to bag a peak. Luck­ily I had re­searched my file of CW routes and chose Sh­effield Pike, no mole­hill at 2232 feet with a rocky sum­mit and great views.

It was a su­perb walk, which in­cluded in­ter­na­tional stone skim­ming con­tests on the lake. Of course we had to fol­low CW’s sug­ges­tion of a drink in the Trav­eller’s Rest near the end.

Sum­ming up, the kids from Brook­lyn pleaded to come and live here and I don’t think this will be their last ex­pe­ri­ence of fell walk­ing, nor mine. I’ve booked three days in Oc­to­ber at Was­dale Head, the home of English moun­taineer­ing. Tony Car­roll, Sut­ton Cold­field

u Tony wins socks

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