Our time in the UK is coming to an early close.. and one of my regrets is not spending more time out in the Peak District. Sure, Minh and I have had our fill of grand estates, manor houses, and castle ruins.. but getting outdoors was something that we didn’t get much of over the last 18 months. We can blame it on the weather.. but really, the blame lies with me and my laziness (and maybe a little with Minh and his ambivalence toward the UK outdoors). In any case, we managed to get a day out in the Peak with Truth & Trust Adventures through an Amazon Local deal we purchased a couple months ago. This one involved caving and gorge walking.
Overall, it was a nice day out, but probably not something that we would do again, at least not with an large group. Minh was not impressed with caving.. saying that it was just like hiking, except you are inside and it’s dirtier. Perhaps it was just the cave system we were in and the fact that we didn’t have a whole lot of time to explore further into the cave. I could totally see caving being a really fun activity to do with a smaller group of people (like 4 max). Definitely something I might try once we’re back in the states if I can find any good (safe) cave systems. Gorge walking, on the other hand, just felt like hiking through a creek.. which maybe that’s all it is? Sure, we did scrambled over some rocks and up some small waterfalls, but why would you want to do that when there’s a perfectly good (and dry) path running alongside? I’ll happily get wet if it’s an obstacle is in my normal hiking path.. but maybe not so much for the duration of the hike.
Afterwards, we headed to Saigon 68 in Sheffield for dinner. Not the best Vietnamese food ever, but pretty good for being one of the only ones around.