Walks with 'Sherpa' Barry!

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RAMBLERS Sunday 28th July.

THE PEAK DISTRICT EDGES.

Maybe the dire weather forecast put a few fair weather walkers off, which was not surprising because at 7.30 am on the Sunday morning it was coming down like stair rods. However by 9am the deluge had ceased and 7 stalwarts set off for the starting point at Longshaw Lodge high above the village of Grindleford.

To begin with, in clear weather we headed for Froggatt Edge a dramatic escarpment which for many years has been a climbers training ground for more distant destinations. Then on to Curbar Edge which is equally dramatic with some weird and spectacular rock formations high above the Derwent Valley. Extensive views in all directions, which were increasingly obscured by ominous cloud formations skidding across the sky. Surprisingly there was no rain – had the Met Office got it wrong again ?

On towards Curbar Gap, where Curbar Edge becomes Baslow Edge, and a welcome break for lunch at a picnic site with good views. We were well into our snap when somebody up there turned the tap on. The heavens opened and we had to make a very rapid pack up and donned all our wet weather gear. Fortunately the downpour did not last too long and by the time we had climbed up onto White Edge the rain had stopped and a good breeze gradually dried some of our wet bits.

After a further 3 miles we were back into the Longshaw Estate where the N.T. are developing a much improved visitor centre at this very popular location.

An enjoyable 8+ miler mainly contour walking, with widespread Derbyshire views.

Sherpa.