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On 25th February 2015, the Rohan
Customer Service Team set out on an adventure to the Peak District for two days of active exploration...
Written by Vikki Measures, Rohan Customer Service Representative.
We were based in the small village of Meerbrook on the edge of the National
Park, in a cosy cottage with views over the Peak. The itinerary for our first
day started with a walk over The Roaches (from the French les roches – the rocks)
with two Rangers, one of whom was a local volunteer. They gave us a guided tour
up the steep footpaths to the highest peak, which was over 500m above sea level.
We were told of the many myths and legends surrounding the area, including the
tale of a mermaid who inhabits an eerie pool of water, and Rock Hall cave which
was occupied by an old woman who would help smugglers to flee the authorities
through a secret escape route. These stories were fascinating, as were the true
stories regarding the wild roaming wallabies which escaped from a zoo during
World War II, and we also passed a Lancaster Bomber plane crash site. A
favourite story from the walk was as we walked up to the Queens Chair which was
carved from a boulder high above the ground, for the Prince and Princess of Teck
who visited in 1872.
The weather was foggy and grey throughout the day, but the sun
did begin to shine towards the afternoon. Although the skies were gloomy, the
temperature was mild which enabled the team to walk comfortably. The
Troggings proved very popular as outdoor trousers, as
they were easy to move in and kept in the warmth. The weather demonstrated how
important it was for the team to wear layers, and items like the
Microgrid Stowaway Zip were easy to add and remove as
required. Breathable base layers help to keep the body dry and at a comfortable
temperature, and items such as the
Stria Top and
Superfine Merino Crew performed brilliantly. Comfortable
footwear is always necessary when walking long distances, and the
Brasher Supalite II GTX boots paired with
Temperate and Cool Socks are ideal for keeping feet cosy
After the walk the sun started to shine through the clouds and we head to
Tittesworth Reservoir for an afternoon of bird watching. There were two hides
available which both overlook the conservation pool. The scenic location was
home to some rare and interesting birds, and we were advised by the Rangers
about the different species and habitats. We were lucky enough to see a pair of
endangered Willow Tits which are often found in willow thickets in damp places,
but there are only 6 currently in the Peak District. We also observed
Oystercatchers, Great Crested Grebes, Coots, and Blue Tits.
It was easy to get chilly whilst standing still, so wearing winter accessories
and thick layers such as the fleece
Shivling Jacket and insulated
Icepack Jacket were key to staying warm, and had the
additional benefit of being part of the Rohan Interchange System so could be
easily zipped into outerlayers. We also wore small backpacks to keep necessities
in, for example a water bottle, camera, and extra layers. The
Stravaig 18 has plenty of compartments and pockets to
keep things safe, and is lightweight and yet durable with a water resistant
On the second day of the trip, we had scheduled a morning of
cycling and we hired bicycles from the Parsley Hay centre. The Peak District
National Park Rangers once again guided us along cycling, and we followed
national cycle routes 548 and 54 for around 10 miles along country roads and
cycle paths. The weather had been wet at the start of the day, however luckily
it stopped raining just as we started our cycle. There was still plenty of
puddles and mud around, so waterproof outerwear such as
Dry Roamers and
Mountain Leader jacket were vital to keep dry. There
were also quite strong winds as we were cycling between fields where there was
no shelter from the hills, so highly wind resistant jackets helped to stay warm and
protected from the elements. A change of clothes at the end of the day was very
welcome, as our trousers ended up caked with mud!
The Customer Service Team had a great trip to the Peak District,
and we all looked forward to returning back to the office and sharing our
experiences. A special thank you goes to Andy Farmer, Andy McGraw, Sarah Pye and
Chris Watts, our excellent National Park Rangers who looked after us and
provided us with lots of interesting information.
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