So, since then, they've been hidden away waiting for the right invitation. This came last weekend - an event on Snake Pass. By travelling early the day before I could find time for a 'taster' route; five or six hours to sense the landscape and test out some boots.
South of Snake Pass is the high mass of Kinder (c600m). And South of Kinder is Edale, which looks a good start point. There is a station at Edale, and from my home the train journey is around 4 hours. The AA website gives a slightly shorter time for driving, but it actually took longer.
Parking is just by Edale station. The pay-and-display requires £5 in coins for the day. Up in the village is the official start of the Penine Way and at this time, around 11:00 on a Friday in March, there were quite a number of people on this part of the path.
A pleasant walk with varied scenery. My route completed in 6 hours was around 21 km with 700m of ascent. Navigation across the top, even with fine weather requires a compass or GPS.