By The Light of the Silvery Moon
4th November 2009
Starting through the Longshaw Estate was a bit of a nightmare. It's not an area I know well and it's a complete rabbit warren of paths near the visitor centre. And that old saying is 100% true - you really can't see the wood for the trees! I wasn't ever 'proper' lost - I knew where I was and where I wanted to go - but the paths on the ground didn't like my plan and kept trying to push me in all sorts of directions. Looking at the map didn't help much either as the bright torchlight on the paper ruined my night vision. Compass and a good sense of direction (I once vetoed my compass on a ridge up the back of Ben Nevis in the mist because I knew it was wrong - and I was right, but that's another story...) kept me going the right way though and we emerged from the woods just where I wanted to be. Phew. And I don't think anyone noticed (or if they did they were to polite/scared to say)!
Out onto the moors next, with the rain stopping and the cloud clearing enough for the full moon to light the way, reflecting gently off the puddles on the path and doing as good a job as any cats eye on the roads. We turned the torches off for a while and enjoyed the silvery moonlight blending with the orange glow of Sheffield on the underside of the clouds. Very nice. A bit further along, just dropping down a little from the crest of the moor and we get to the reason I wanted to do this walk: the view of Sheffield lit up at night. I'd seen this view in the daylight before from a walk earlier in the year and knew then I had to come back at night. Orange, red, blue, white and green lights all sparkling in the night - absolutely spectacular and all the better for it being so close to November 5th, with a few fireworks adding even more colour. So we stopped for tea and nibbles and I whipped my tripod and posh camera out and all enjoyed the view.
I could have stayed there for hours clicking and snapping away and fiddling with camera settings but we had crack on, sp set off to Totley where there was cool beer and hot food waiting in TheCrown. Sadly, I hadn't done my research and they don't do food on a Wednesday, so we headed to the Fleur de Lys instead where they very kindly opened the kitchen for us. Which was nice. A straw poll in the pub agreed I should lead another night walk soon, but it will be difficult to top this one.