Sunday, 2 May 2010

#101 - Kinder Scout

Plan of the day was to walk the circuit of Kinder Scout. That didn't pan out but no matter, it was a fascinating walk across the plateau. I can imagine it's a bit of a nightmare in low cloud, but as long as you keep heading in a general compass direction, you'll hit the edge of the plateau eventually.

From Edale, we took Grindsbrook Clough up to Kinder Scout. It's a rocky path up, and could be tricky on a wet day. Once at the top, it began to sleet, but the visibility was still good and I saw no reason not to carry on. Picking up the Pennine Way at Kinder Low, we continued north to Kinder Fall.

By now, I was conscious of a table booked in Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn, in Hope, so I decided our progress was too slow to make it around the whole circuit. I opted for a route back across the middle. We just meandered back, the weather abated and it was a pleasant stroll along the streams cutting deep into the peat banks. We happened across a small cairn that turned out to be the highest point, marked on the map, at 636 metres.

Eventually, we made it back to the top of Grindsbrook Clough. Graham suggested we find another route down, so the next nearest seemed to be just after Nether Tor. A different view of the plateau and valley, well worth the detour, we descended down The Nab on a good path, and were back in time for a couple of pints in the Nags Head!
  • Date: 02/05/10
  • Region: Peak District National Park
  • Status: Lead
  • Description: Edale – Grindsbrook Clough - Kinder Low - Kinder Downfall - Nether Tor - The Nab - Edale - Cold, with sleet showers, 19km, 7hrs
  • Type of Walk: Leading or Assisting