Sunday, 4 March 2018
Start time: 10:00
(Estimated finish time: 16:30)
Strenuous 12 miles / 19.3 km
Edale - famous for being the start - or the finish - of the Penine Way, Britain's first and busiest long distance route.
That said it also has a most spectacular skyline and remains a favorite walking venue of mine given that I first visited it when I was 5 or 6 back when the world was black and white and the wheel was still to be invented.
Those of you who take a keen interest in our walks will remember a clockwise walk over half of the skyline that we did last year. Well this walk is an anticlockwise walk over the rest of it!
Starting from Edale station car park (or main car park if full), we will either take a walk and short scramble up Grindsbrook, or a walk up the Nab to gain the edge of Kinder. From there we turn left and follow the ridge round via the Woolpack (I think it's a different one Emmerdale fans), Pym Chair, Noe Stool (we'll have to stand), Swines back and the infamous Brown Knoll - all the way to Rushop Edge - home of Lord's Seat, a 4000 year old long barrow containing the remains of a long forgotten king (or queen) and also the location of one of the best views of the whole peak district. From there we drop down to the road and go back up to Mam Tor, Hollins Cross and then take the ancient route back to Edale and well deserved refreshments.
The walk will be around 12 miles, and will contain some very easy scrambling (if we take Grindsbrook) and a couple of steep ascents. Brown Knoll is very well known for being quite boggy - you have been warned!
I've changed the walk to be strenuous because although a fair proportion of the walk is along ridges, there are substantial ups (some downs) along the way and trying conditions, particularly around Brown Knoll. Gaitors advised, swimming wear optional.
If the weather is inclement, the walk may be changed completely so it's imperitive that you contact the walk leader in good time before the walk. Phone signals in the valley can be intermittent, so Saturday evening by the latest is a must.
Grid reference: SK122852
Nearest postcode: S33 7ZP
Start time: 10:00
This is a circular walk
Ascent: 550 m / 1804 feet
Surroundings: Moor, heath, Village, Open country, Hill, Farmland, Mountain
Designation: Open access land, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Scenic Area, Heritage Coast, National Park
Theme: Long distance path, Festival of Winter Walks
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