Sunday, 3rd April 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Kinder reservoir, William Clough, Mill Hill, Kinder Summit, Kinder Downfall, Kinder Low, Edale Cross
Start Point: Bowden Bridge car park West of Hayfield Grid Reference: SK 048 869
Distance: 9.1 miles Ascent: 2,050 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: Dry and sunny start with scattered heavy showers in the afternoon, cloud free summits.
Comments: 10 Walkers ventured out today despite the forecast for heavy showers and the possibility of some thunder (one even making the trip from Birmingham to join the walk!!). However the start was bright and sunny as we climbed to Kinder reservoir, pausing to read the information board at Booths sheep wash where farmers would bring as many as 500 sheep off the moors in summer to wash them prior to shearing.

From the reservoir a short steep climb took us to White brow where a contour path circumnavigated Nab brow on the way to William Clough. The clough is named after a cutler who worked here and there is allegedly evidence of iron smelting in the area. Climbing the steady incline of William Clough the Pennine way at Ashop head was reached and due to the continuing good weather a decision was made to visit Mill Hill. This proved to be a worthwhile detour which afforded a 360 view of the Derbyshire peak district with Manchester clearly visible in the distance.

Backtracking from Mill Hill it was onto the Kinder plateaux and the continuing view of the reservoir which was with us for most of the day. The summit of Kinder itself is very badly eroded and soon to be fenced off to stop further damage occurring. Rejoining the path it was on to Kinder downfall where a heavy shower greeted us. After lunching at the downfall where we were joined by some very persistent sheep we made our way to Red Brook and on to Kinder low before descending to Edale cross. The cross is an ancient medieval way marker which still bears the legible date of 1210 and is today a protected monument.

Descending the track to Caldwell Clough in the now worsening weather (this was the heaviest shower yet) we made our way back to the car park pausing only to look at the dozens of toads on the way. We arrived back at the cars a little damp but happy that we had for the most part got away with it as far as the weather was concerned (there was a clap of thunder at this point, perhaps the weather was trying to have the last word!!).

The walk was enjoyed by all

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

The car park is the starting point of the Mass Trespass . . .

 

and has a bench with an appropriate inscription

 

The sun shines as we prepare to start

 

Booths sheep wash, where the sheep were washed by hand before being put back on the moor for 2 weeks before being clipped

 

The farmers stood waist deep in the water to wash the sheep

 

Kinder Reservoir

 

Heading up to . . .

 

White Brow . . .

 

and across to . . .

 

William Clough

 

Heading up the Clough . . .

 

Ian spots a photo opportunity

 

Across the stream . . .

 

and over the rocks . . .

 

brings us to a pleasant spot for 'elevenses'

 

Looking back down the Clough

 

as we near the crossroads . . .

 

at Ashop Head, where a slight detour . . .

 

takes us to Mill Hill . . .

 

from where we can see Manchester in the distance

 

Back down to the crossroads . . .

 

and a view of the opposite side of the sign

 

Looking back down the climb onto the Kinder Plateau . . .

 

and the reservoir comes back into view

 

It's a bit windy up here!

 

Approaching some of the many rock formations . . .

 

seen along the route

 

A detour from the main path takes us to a trig point . . .

 

which tells its own tale of erosion . . .

 

and signs of the plans to fence off the area to enable regeneration

 

Another of the unusual rock formations . . .

 

Rhinoceros Rock?

 

Unfortunately the rain comes in as we reach Kinder Downfall . . .

 

but after a short pause in the shelter of rocks, the group inspects the stream crossing

 

Looking down the downfall . . .

 

which had a different aspect on the recce!

 

Time to stop for lunch . . .

 

and the sheep was determined to join Trish

 

Red Brook

 

More unusual rocks as we continue our circumnavigation of Kinder Reservoir

 

The group gathers at Kinder Low . . .

 

where Marie, Kath and Ray decide to take a closer look at the trig point . . .

 

while Mandy prefers the low ground

 

A nearby cairn . . .

 

which is now a few millimetres taller!

 

Edale Cross . . .

 

a protected Medieval Monument

 

An unusual sign . . .

 

where toads are found crossing the road . . .

 

with some hitching a ride!

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