20th December Walk Report

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    27 of us plus 2 dogs, Lance and Poppy, gathered at Curbar Gap. Most were suitably dressed in a variety of Christmas attire ranging from illuminated hats, Father Christmas hats with attached white beards and adornments of tinsel. We were led by Sean, as is tradition now, in a the singing of a Christmas carol before setting off under an overcast sky. After proceeding along the top of Curbar and Froggatt edges we were joined by John Sellars in the search for the illusive Ginger Frogs. Apparently the leader had heard from the Peak Park authorities that they had been sighted at rocks close to the Froggatt/Sheffield road. After a thorough search the cylindrical creatures were discovered to be in a liquid form, apparently only able to be consumed on Winter’s days.Luckily shot glasses appeared, as if by magic, enabling a toast by all present. After a short stream crossing we descended on the Grouse pub to be fed with sumptuous grub ranging from squid rings to full turkey lunches with all the trimmings. After another tradition, the reading of the cliff-edge climber, alas a sorry tale read by Sean, we left the pub, ex Charles who had joined us for lunch. Luckily the forecast heavy rain shower had lashed down whilst we eat, apparently organized by our usual weather Guru who joins us from time to time. So, onwards and upwards to the summit of White Edge where we experienced a little drizzle during a photo shoot (Guru’s weather mojo had slipped). 6 then went back to the Gap via Wellington’s monument, the rest direct. Thanks to all for coming and have an awesome Christmas. Pete

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