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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

Chapman Creek Trail

This is a great short walk, perfect for a day when you're recovering from a longer hike, or if you're feeling like a briefer jaunt. The trailhead is at the Chapman Creek Campground east of Sierra City on historic Highway 49. This is the heart of the California Gold Country and the scenery is spectacular. Many of the hikes in this area have beautiful vistas of the Sierra Buttes or Alpine lakes but the Chapman Creek Trail is a more modest venture, three miles roundtrip walking on the banks of the creek through a wooded wonderland. As you can see below,  it's  a fabulous walk!


 We walk the trail midweek and didn't bump into anyone else. Although it is used by those who stay in the campground this is a very quiet trail. This is a woodland walk with a soft trail that crosses the creek at several points. It's a great place to bring your dog and the trail moves from heavy shade into a more open landscape at different points.

Because of the proximity to the creek, even in August there were quite a number of wildflowers to be seen. If you make it up here I hope you enjoy the hike as much as we did.