Half an hour later, at the tiny station of Edale, we got out and walked up the track to the new, state-of-the-art visitor's centre. We sketched there for 45 minutes, while we waited for other people to arrive.
On a different day I might have had a go at the unusual, rounded building, with its lovely 'green roof', featuring a stepped waterfall which runs down through it's centre, then cascades over the doorway and down into a little rock pool in front of the entrance.
We were 10 strong by the time we set off to the foothills of Kinder Scout. We camped out on the grass and sketched for the rest of the morning. It was on and off sunshine which was probably just as well, as there was no shade at all. I'd lugged a tin of pastels up there, so I tried them out on the 1st page of a new sketchbook and was rather pleased with the drawing at the top.
At 4.30 we wandered back along the path to The Nags Head pub (the beginning of the long-distance footpath, The Pennine Way). the sun was really low by now and picking up every nuance on the side of the hills. It was way too lovely to waste, so I grabbed a pencil and tried to draw while we were walking along. I managed the bottom of the two below, but gave up and asked the others to walk on ahead while I did the one above it; sadly, no time for colour:
At which point we gave up worrying and went inside for a meal. Which was where we met Jasper, the biggest golden retriever I have ever seen: more pony than dog. I did a 2 minute sketch with my watercolour pencils. His owners were really pleased and took a photo.
It was 9.30 by the time we got home. A long but thoroughly lovely day. Thanks to all who came and helped to make is so much fun. Next one is the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, on Saturday August 11th, where we had a great time last year. The fabulous Miro show, that I sketched in March is still on. Meet us at the Information Point, outside the smaller cafe (