You can smell how confused the earth is out on the moors. It’s being baked to 30+c in September and also watered in very heavy but short downpours. I stood under the lip of High Neb at Stanage earlier and the sky had a dozen things going on all at the same time, the earth stank, and the rowan trees didn’t know whether to grow berries or shed leaves. is it just limited exposure with them during lockdown last year that is making the midges seem worse than ever this year ? Just over a week ago it was nudging 6c at 8pm in the Peak. This morning it was 18c at dawn. We just need to take suncream AND a waterproof AND a warm layer AND sunhat and see what the weather throws at us next …..

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