Nine of us travelled on the Friday evening and were soon exploring our weekend bunkhouse accommodation. Very pleased with the large kitchen, huge dining table and comfy lounge, we quickly settled in, stored the food we had brought and got on with the important business of some Friday evening socialising.
The National Trust Ranger we were working with met us on Saturday morning. This time our work site was 100 metres out of the front door. No long drive to a work site on this weekend! The morning saw us cutting an overgrown hedge back into shape. In the afternoon we worked in one of the bunkbarn's outbuildings splitting logs and stacking them for the winter. We used a mechanical log splitter which I don't think any of us had used before.
After work, three of us decided to walk to the top of the nearest hill. The rain made an appearance and we all got soaked. It was no matter because hot showers were available on our return and we hadn't ventured far.
Some of the crew created a fantastic evening meal of chicken thighs or veggie sausages and veg, rounded off with fruit pies and custard. (Better than the beans on toast I would have had at home on a Saturday night!!)
Happily this weekend we only had to work on the Saturday. We were blessed with a lovely sunny day on Sunday and spent it walking in the beautiful Derbyshire hills around Mam Tor and Winnats Pass. I think we may have nipped into a cafe at some point for tea and cake! Oh it was dreadful, you wouldn't have liked it!!!
The cost of the entire weekend, including food, accommodation and shared petrol, was £30 each.