Sunday, 26th September 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Dovestones
Start Point: Dovestones Reservoir car park Grid Reference: SE 013 034
Distance: 9.5 miles Ascent: 1,000 feet
Time: 5.5 hours    
Weather: Dry and cloudy . Generally mild although the wind dropped the temperature a little at the highest point of the walk.
Comments: The route commenced from the car park at Dovestone Reservoir which is located at the edge of the Dark Peak Moors. From the car park our destination, Dove Stones, could be clearly seen on the skyline . However to add a little interest and distance as the weather was favourable we set off down Bradbury Lane in the direction of Greenfield until we intersected with Oldham way. This path proved on the day to be a busy thoroughfare as we were met by horse parties and mountain bikers. We continued, following Oldham Way, passing through plantations with views of the route ahead, stopping briefly for elevenses before making the slow climb up Chew Road to the reservoir at the head of the clough.
From Chew reservoir we set off across Dish Stone Moss heading back to the high rim of the hillside at Dishstone Brow. The narrow path meandered along the top of the high rim affording safe passage and views of the reservoirs below and the surrounding countryside. We stopped for lunch at Bramleys Cot, the remains of a shooting hut which had been built with two walls cut into the gritstone face. After lunch we picked up the path and headed to Great Dove Stone rocks and the cairn on Fox Stone . The cairn bears a plaque to commemorate the death of two young climber killed while climbing in the Dolomites. The route now headed past Dean Rocks and descended down Dovestone Clough where we crossed the high footbridge over the weir feeding the reservoirs below. The footpath the descended along the base of Dovestone Rock leading us back to the reservoir and the car park.

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Going back to the Oldham Way

 

If you go into the wood today . . . . .

 

Elevenses on the rocks

 

Back on the Chew road

 

The long and winding climb

 

Oh what a happy bunch of Ramblers we are!

 

Looking back down the Chew clough

 

Lunch at Bramley's Cot

 

What goes down . . .

 

must come up

 

Steady! Slippery rocks

 

Heading down to the footbridge

 

Homeward bound

 

Was a better day on the recce

 

View from Dean Rocks . . .

 

and another

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