I've been organising Christmas walks involving pub lunches for nearly fifty years. They were used for many years as a venue from which to plan the following year's trips, details of which would then be photocopied and sent out with Christmas cards.
Time has moved on, and trips can be planned and advertised electronically at any time. Topwalks.com was set up nearly twenty years ago to do just that. However, the tradition of a pre-Christmas walk and lunch has persisted. These days, instead of proposing trips, I set a picture quiz that people can join in on or ignore.
Today I have, with great regret, had to postpone this year's Christmas walk, with lunch at the Crispin in Great Longstone, due to the medical emergency that is showing up our 'ruling body' as a bunch of incompetent amateurs. I've moved the date forward to 12 December 2021, but I do hope we will be able to visit the Peak District and enjoy a meal at the Crispin well before then.
Thumbing through old but 'unclassified' pictures with my mouse this morning, I came across these offerings from December 2005, which haven't seen the light of day until now. They aren't anything special, merely a brief record of the day, the diary from which is as follows.
"Numerous folk congregated in Hartington before 10 am. The bus [I had a 7-seater Espace at the time] was the only vehicle not to find a free space, so £4.20 was paid. Sue and I had Richard and Jenny, and Andrea and Thomas on board. Others were: Chris, Alys, Phil, Sue, Graham, Tove, Mike Coldwell, Graham Stevens, John and Fliss and dog Jess, Anne Donkin, David Armin, and Colin Jones, ie 19 plus a dog - a good turnout. [In the old days just three of us met up.]
On an increasingly cloudy but frosty morning, we ambled off along a firm path on the route shown [at the foot of this posting].