Sunday, 18th April 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Hey Edge, Westend Moss, White Low, Tooleyshaw Moor, Black Hill,
Laddow Rocks
Start Point: Car park at Crowden Reservoir Grid Reference: SK 072 992
Distance: 9.5 miles Ascent: 1,750 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: Dry and sunny am cloudy pm with cloud above summits, moderate visibility. Temp in valleys approx 14 deg C with light breeze. Dry underfoot with boggy areas in places.
Comments: 6 people took part in the walk in what was a new area for most of us. The walk began with a steep climb out of the valley onto Hey Edge. The moorland was drier than expected and it wasn’t long before eagle-eyed Karen spotted a bright green lizard scurrying into the coarse grass. On leaving Hey Edge trig point she spotted another lizard (a brown one this time) and was immediately appointed as our wildlife expert.
This area of Dark Peak moorland is well documented for being home to the largest population of mountain hares outside Scotland. Eric and I were lucky enough to see one on the recce in January complete with full white winter coat camouflaged against the lying snow and our luck held today as we reached the top of Westend Moss. Sitting upright against the skyline the unmistakable silhouette of a hare was spotted (probably by Karen). We were allowed to get closer before the hare loped off and as it did we could see that the coat was now half brown half white as all the snow had gone and the summer coat was becoming predominant. Unfortunately no photographs were taken of the lizards or the hare, all having been too quick to film.
Wildlife spotting over we continued on to Tooleyshaw Moss and Black Hill summit before descending via the Pennine way to our lunch stop. Then it was on to Laddow rocks where we watched climbers tackling the steep rock face before returning to the car park to take advantage of ice creams from the campsite shop

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Ian checks out the information board at the start of the walk

 

Laddow rocks can be seen across the valley . . .

 

and Little Crowden Beck winds its way down from the hills

 

The group gathers at Hey Edge trig point

 

Our route up can be clearly seen from Westend Moss

 

The Holme Moss TV transmitter comes into view . . .

 

As Karen and Sheila make their way through the peat hags

 

It all looked very different in January

 

Netting has been used to combat the errosion

 

Karen checks out the cairn at "Soldiers Lump" . . .

 

and later these coloured sticks (does anyone know what they are for?)

 

The summit is very busy today

 

We are joined by hungry sheep as we stop for lunch . . .

 

before we move on to Laddow rocks . . .

 

which are quite impressive

 

Some people prefer to do it the hard way

 

The valley becomes more open as we return to the car park

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