Today i was joined by Liz and her colleagues from a Norfolk based company. They are raising money for a local charity they continue to support within their community. With a mixed forecast and with a long day ahead we decided to meet early in the morning to make the most of the day.
We had chosen to cover a route in the Peak District which i have run for a few years. If the weather is good it allows for great views. We chose to tackle the sleep incline on to the edge of Kinder Scout initially. Getting the ascent out of the way early gives a sense of achievement to everyone.
We stopped occasionally to take photographs, rest and recuperate. On such a long day it is important to relax and soak up the views. We spoke about the restoration of the Kinder Scout plateau and how the Moors for the Future project is having an impact visually and environmentally on the Pennine hills.
Walking through a series of clag (low cloud) as we continued on. On the edge of the Kinder scout ridge we walked past a series of wind carved gritstone rock formations, Pym chair and Noel stool. We shall later talk about the differences between the dark peak and white peak as we walk along Mam Tor ridge.
Walking or running around the Brown Knoll area is usually a very boggy excursion. We were all prepared. But this was not needed. The recent and ongoing flag stoning of the area has made the walking a lot easier and accessible to many. It is up to you to decide if the National Park’s decision is one that you agree with. It has certainly increased the ease of travelling in this area at this stage.
As we admired the parasailers around Rushup edge we reached the top of Mam Tor, a bronze/iron age fort. We stopped to talk about how this would have been a key vantage point for a community, high upon the hill. We then spoke about the long closed road at the foot of Mam Tor and the blue john mine.
Continuing past Hollins cross and ascending Back tor we reached the top of Lose Hill. A grand viewing point on a ridge that divides the white and dark Peak.
Thank you a lovely day in the hills everyone. Once again thank you to Mr T for his guiding support. Have a lovely stay in Castleton folks. You have earned your extra glass of wine this evening.