Hello, I am really struggling with the signal tonight, it is pretty hopeless in Buxton, which is quite surprising considering what a big town it is. Perhaps being surrounded by hills has something to do with it. I have tried to upload the pics but it's taking an age, so I will do this post another time, perhaps tomorrow.
Yes, I did get to Buxton, but there is a funny story to tell. After plodding through miles of mud along the Dane Valley Way, I couldn't keep up the mileage slipping and sliding everywhere. I got to the Youth Hostel at Gradbach at 4.30pm hoping to get a bed, but found it was fully booked with a private party. Nothing else to do but to plod on and hope I could get to Buxton before it got dark. I thought my best bet was to try and walk faster along the roads, so I came off the footpaths. I found myself climbing a massive hill towards the village of Flash, big mistake, Flash is the highest village in England, this slowed me down a lot. I asked someone where I could get a bed for the night, and they said go up to the main road and there is a pub up there which has rooms. Thank goodness I thought, it was 5.30pm and I was ready for stopping.
Luck was not on my side, they had no vacancies, so I asked if they would call a taxi for me as I had to go into Buxton to find a bed. The taxi came and I asked the driver to take me to the town so I could find a bed. He drove around a few streets looking for a place, we stopped at a couple of B & B's, they wanted £70 which I thought was too much. I suggested that he drop me in the High Street as he had to go off and pick up another fare. I think he was a bit concerned that I wouldn't find somewhere, and I don't know how it happened but now I am sitting in his house talking to his lovely wife. Yes they offered to put me up for the night. So, thank goodness I found the best taxi driver in Buxton.
Anyway I must sign off, as we have been nattering away and it's nearly midnight. I will be taken back to Flash in the morning to continue my walk. Toodle pip