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This is by way of a personal diary and by no means a guide

For over two weeks before the start of our walk it has rained heavily in the north of England. We think, maybe, this is a good sign. It will be wet underfoot but surely it cannot rain for another three weeks.

We arrive in Edale at 9.00am in heavy rain. Really heavy rain! We put a brave face on it but then realise we have left the guide book behind along with all the notes concerning campsites, points of interest etc. There is only one solution. Wait till the Visitor’s Centre opens, buy a new guide book and hope we remember most of the notes. By the time we have the new guide book the really heavy rain has turned to really, really heavy rain.

Undeterred, we head off past The Old Nags Head towards Jacob’s Ladder. Half way along the valley, when we think it can rain no harder, it does! The path is a river, we cannot see, hear or lift our heads.

As we have more than enough time to complete the way and don’t wish to begin with everything drenched, we decide to abort and go back and pitch the tent.

It rains heavily all day - a good decision. It rains all night and is still raining in the morning - but this is ordinary rain.

We begin………...