Stranger on the hill

By AK Guest

A Treasured Outdoor  Moment - Sheridan Demi-Kyte.

My first walk up Kinder Scout :

Thank you to this stranger who became my friend for a small part of today. I always find it magical, meeting people, bumping into them by chance, it can be as if two paths cross at just the right time, for a purpose.

I started my walk today, feeling a little nervous. I was challenging myself, I can feel anxious with heights but I have a goal to climb a mountain, so a peak is a good place to start, it's something I've wanted to do for ages. I was a little sceptical about the best way to get up there, but when I had stopped to ask a trio if I was heading in the right direction, this man passed. I'd seen him shortly after I left my car. He was just about to chip in and say something as he passed, but held his words and carried on.

 

Happy I was heading in the right direction, I carried on.. I soon saw the familiar figure and bobble hat up in front. He must be going where I am, I thought. As the climb got a little more difficult, I stopped a few times, hesitating, wondering if to carry on or not - dam anxiety I thought, why can't I just feel OK! After adjusting to the new height I pushed on and carried on up and up .. the guy, I couldn't see him anymore, but I knew the way now, it was straight forward.

As I got to Kinder downfall, I saw the familiar bobble hat. Sat near the stream, having some lunch. I went to speak to him, he was happy to see me and said he wondered where I had got to and had hoped that I was ok. I explained to him the reason for my delay. He listened and shared, and I felt even more at ease being up high. At this point I knew I'd complete my challenge. Off he went, while I explored a little. I'd look out for his hat if I wondered what way to go, we had both agreed that.

It wasn't long before our paths met again. We walked together for a little while, we spoke about life, about family and the history of the peaks around us. He took my photo for me and showed me a beautiful place to rest and eat. A place where he would once sit, with his passed brother ❤️

He ensured I knew the way down. I thanked him, we said how nice it was to meet one another. And that was that. When I was descending, I saw a figure on a path, low down, a little distance away. It was the man in a bobble hat. We waved to each other. 'Are you ok' he shouted, 'yes thank you, enjoying the views' I replied.

You can just about make him out in the main photo.
Thank you to this stranger. He made my day
😊

We are never really alone.
Its so beautiful to be kind, to be open and to connect
❤️

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