Saturday, 11 September 2010

#116 - Edale Skyline

My week of walking continued with a drive up to the Peak District on Friday for a Will4Adventure Weekend. In the afternoon I arrived in Hope and met up with Will, his wife Phillipa and their baby daughter, Joceline, for a short walk, of about an hour, to Crookstone Barn, our accommodation for the weekend. The rest of the gang arrived late Friday night.

Saturday was a day of contrasts with equal measures of showers and sunshine. The walk starts high, and quickly you are skirting the edge of Kinder Scout. an hour in, we got the worst of the rain, and hefty gusts of from a headwind slowed the pace to Crowden Tower. Further on, passed the wierd sculpted limestone rocks that litter the edge of the ridge, we wandered through wisps of cloud.

A "Huzzah" on Lord's Seat - Pic by Will Legon
We stopped for lunch at Edale Head, before the long trudge across Brown Knoll, a particularly soggy and boggy section, more than I have known on previous walks. Round the knoll, and onto Rushup Edge, a boost of energy because we had turned for home, although there were still some steep climbs to negotiate before we could rest.

Mam Tor was the first ascent, then the uncomfortable walk down the slippery flag stone path to Hollins Cross. Back Tor ticked off and then Lose Hill, we could see the copse that surrounds the barn, on the other side of the valley. One more descent, down to Bagshaw Bridge and then another climb up to our home for the weekend... A fine walk!
  • Date: 10/09/10
  • Region: Peak District National Park
  • Status: Member
  • Description: Crookstone Barn - Kinder Scout - Crowden Tower - Edale Head - Brown Knoll - Rushup Edge - Mam Tor - Hollins Cross - Back Tor - Lose Hill - Townhead - Bagshaw Bridge - Crookstone Barn - Showers and sunshine, 9hrs, 26km
  • Type of Walk: Personal Walking