Sunday, 27th August 2017

Walk: Swallow House Lane, Bank Vale Road, Cliff Bank Farm, Matley Moor, Higher Plainstead Farm, Cown Edge, Rowarth, Laneside Farm, Wethercotes, Sett Valley Trail, including stretches of the Pennine Bridleway and the Cown Edge Way.
Start Point: Sett Valley Trail CP, Hayfield. Derbyshire. Grid Reference: SK 036 869
Distance: 9.25 miles Ascent: 1,500 feet
Time: 5.5 hours
Weather: Fine and dry. Sunny and warm in the afternoon. Excellent visibility across to Kinder Scout, The Snake Pass, Greater Manchester and Welsh Hills.
Comments: 7 walkers. A popular area where walkers increasingly share routes with runners, mountain bikers and horse riders. The heather was still vibrant on the moors and blackberries were abundant around Rowarth. Buzzards over Cown Edge. It was sad to see that the information centre/shop in the Sett Valley Trail CP is another casualty of financial cutbacks. It provided maps of parish paths in Hayfield and neighbouring parishes which were very useful for walkers resident outside the area

Hayfield

Little Hayfield

We were told on our reccie that this well at Cliffbank Farm is still decorated as part of the Derbyshire Well-Dressing custom

The climb took us around the flanks of Lantern Pike

Our taget, Cown Edge was now visible on the skyline

Coffee break near Blackshaw Farm

There was a good choice of routes near Blackshaw Farm

Heather still colourful on Chunal Moor

Mountain bikes sharing the path over Matley Moor

Strange positioning of this finger post

We were heading for Rocks farm in the shelter of Cown Edge

Above Coombes Rocks

View north at Coombes

The old mill wheel in Rowarth

There was one final climb as we left Rowarth up a restricted byway

Good advice as we dropped back into the Sett Valley

Kinder Scout re-emerged as we returned to the Sett Valley

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