Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Castleton (out and back) - Derbyshire (Peak District) - 21/09/16 - 5 Miles (approx)

Looking back at Peveril Castle, on the way up from Cave Dale.
Less then two miles in and this is where it all went pear shaped. I needed the Limestone Way ?
Well the Limestone Way is the path deviating right, and not straight ahead. My error being further compounded by a couple later on who claimed to know a connecting path, but actually didn't know where they were either. Thus by the time I got back to this point, I had an hour left on the parking ticket (silly tightfisted me) and it was then a case of retracing ones steps back to Castleton.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Birchen Edge (circular) - Derbyshire (Peak District) - 14/09/16 - 4.25 Miles

Nelson's three ships: Victory, Defiance, and Royal Soverin (correct spelling).
Coming off Birchen Edge the ground was very soggy, suggesting it took the brunt of the previous evening's storm.
The Wellington Monument and moi.
A very humid and hazy day (although not quite as hazy as this picture from Gardom's Edge might suggest).

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Edale to Hope (via Grindsbrook Clough/Kinder Plateau/Ringing Roger/Hope Cross/Win Hill) - Derbyshire (Dark Peak District) - 07/09/16 - 12 Miles (approx)

Heading up Kinder once more, via Grindsbrook Clough.
A rather humid day to start with.
Given the amount of scrambling required on the ascent, I felt it was important to maintain my focus.
The view from the canteen.
For the second time in three weeks I abandoned the planned descent down to Jaggers Clough, due to the suicidal nature of it (well for me anyway)
The initial plan wasn't to be heading for Win Hill, but on this occasion I decided to adapt, improvise and .............
Hope Cross, where I decided that I would just miss the hourly train at Edale, and therefore decided to head back to my start point at Hope Station.
Rather than completely summit Win Hill, I decided to take this path around the side of it.
That was a mistake, even though the views over Hope were initially good. However a locked barbed wire gate on a signed path, meant I was taken at least a mile out of my way, and forced to descend on a series of roads back to Hope.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Chesterfield (Trans-Pennine Trail) Circular - Derbyshire - 04/09/16 - 10 Miles (approx)

Up the wooden hill.
Autumnal colours in the grounds of Ringwood Hall.
Walking is but one way to enjoy the great outdoors.
Sorry which way ?
New information board methinks !

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Hathersage / Stanage Edge (circular) - Derbyshire (Peak District) - 24/08/16 - 10 Miles

Mad dogs and Englishmen ........... but not sheep by the looks of it.
Leaving Hathersage and trekking towards Stanage Edge.
Follow all instructions otherwise you can't come in.
There's a little bridge by a tiny stream .....
Let me point out the heather.
Lunch at High Neb had to be hurried along, before too many insects gathered for the feast.
The clear Summer's day meant you could see for miles from Stanage Edge.
Are you into Rock ?
There's a little bridge by a tiny stream II .............

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Beeley / Chatsworth / Baslow (circular) - Derbyshire (Peak District) - 21/08/16 - 6 Miles - Helen (Molly)

Guy who lives in Beeley, feels it's important to leave directions for the binmen.
Dog in search of biscuits, can't find any down by the river.
A ray of light, leads me and the usual suspects all the way to the Hunting Tower.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Kinder Scout from Edale - Derbyshire (Peak District) - 17/08/16 - 8 Miles (approx)

The Old Nags Head pub in Edale; official start of the Pennine Way.
Sticking with the paved path on the left, this seemed a nice easy ascent to the plateau.
However it eventually turned into an all fours scramble.
Once on the plateau (and despite my GPS), I consistently struggled to either find my path, or stay on my path.
For instance having admired this interesting cairn, I then discovered I was heading in the wrong direction (which would not be the last time).
After faffing on wrong paths for an hour at my summit point, I eventually got on track. However the stress over this, detracted from the outstanding scenery and view (such as The Great Ridge in the distance).
Some three hours in, I was confident enough of where I was going to stop and have lunch.
That confidence was ultimately shattered, when I got to a point on my route where I couldn't find the correct path. So although I did approx 8 miles in total, this ended up being only half of the planned route, with the distance made up by constantly retracing paths, or by drifting off onto completely different ones.