And I am off again! I quite enjoy this walking malarkey.
This week I had the pleasure of my husband accompanying me on my hike. As we had a child-free Sunday, we decided to explore the nearest hill to us, Rivington Pike. It is one of the most popular areas for a Sunday walk around here and now I can understand why – it is picturesque, family friendly but also quad and calf challenging due to a number of steps leading up to the top. Just perfect.
We set off early as we realised it was the annual Ironman UK competition so all the direct roads to Rivington were blocked or re-routed. When we eventually parked at the Barn, it turned out that part of the Ironman cycling route was the steep hill we started to climb ourselves. The support for the participants was amazing and there were spectators of all ages, cyclists, walkers lining the road and cheering those amazing athletes.
Then we hit the dirt track. I can’t believe how beautiful the trek up Rivington Pike is. It takes you through tall ferns, pampas like landscapes, cobbled paths and the thing I need most for my training… stairs. And it is all different kind of stairs, steep, wet, short, long, anything you wish for.
After the heart rate boosting hike up all the stars and rocky paths, we reached the top. The views were fantastic but you can definitely feel the temperature dropping and the wind picks up. Let’s just enjoy this view for a bit!
I thoroughly enjoyed this walk and I will definitely be back to climb some more steps. I prefer this trek to the Guild Wheel walk I did the other week, mainly due to the terrain being more varied. I don’t think pounding the straight road in my boots was kind to my hips and knees. Most importantly, my boots did not rub me! See you soon Rivington Pike!
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