With it being a bank holiday on Monday, Mick decided to tag a days holiday onto each end of the weekend. On the Friday we had a day out at Fraisthorpe and on Tuesday we decided to visit Hardcastle Crags. It wasn't the brightest idea really, not only was it one of the hottest days of the year but I've been suffering with sciatica and plantar fasciitis so I really didn't want to be walking far. Nevertheless, we did manage a walk.
Hardcastle Crags lies about two miles north of Hebden Bridge and ten miles west of Halifax. It's a wooded Pennine valley owned by the National Trust and there's over fifteen miles of footpaths to explore.
There's different walking trails, from gentle strolls to rugged hikes, and at this time of year the bluebells are covering the woodland floor.
It was a blisteringly hot day but the canopy of the trees kept us shaded, it was a welcome relief from the heat of the day.
There's wildlife to see along the way. This squirrel posed obligingly whilst I took his photo.
We passed sheep who seemed very interested in Archie, though he wasn't a bit interested in them! I felt very sorry for them in their woolly coats, they must have been red hot in the heat.
Archie found a way to cool off, he found a small spring so went for a paddle. He's feeling the heat at the moment too, he's ready to go to the groomers again, though it's not that long since he went last time. He's just so much more comfortable with a short coat during the summer months.
We could have stayed much longer had it not been for my painful back and foot but I'm sure we'll go back when I'm feeling more up to walking further.
Afterwards, we drove to Hebden Bridge where we ate our lunch.
I'd taken a salad with me but Mick bought a steak & ale pie from a local butchers. It was nice by the river.
It's really lovely to be getting out and about a bit now after all the time we've been under orders to stay at home. We're still being very careful when we're out and we're due to have our second vaccinations this afternoon. Let's hope that this is the first step to getting back to living normally again.