Training Walk to Millstone Edge

I haven’t been able to get a ‘big’ walk in of late but with an eye on the rapidly looming NSPCC HACK 2014 challenge (that’s a link to my sponsorship page kids) I’ve had two modest but leg-stretching yomps this weekend. The weather for the June challenge can only be better (surely?) .. Brodie dog and I were soaked on both walks this weekend!

The walk today also had another agenda – to see if local poet David Coldwell had had the chance as yet to hide away one of the geocached poems that he’s been enhancing the poetry trail I devised with. I knew he had already hidden one for Heron (one of his own poems) and Small Fry (one of Alison Lock’s poems) but David was also going to do the same for Ammon Wrigley up on Millstone Edge overlooking Castleshaw reservoirs.  By the way – exact coordinates are 53°36’08.1″N 1°56’05.0″W for Heron and 53°36’19.4″N 1°57’29.1″W for Small Fry.

The memorial plaque for Mr Wrigley includes these lines:

Winds of the Pennines fresh and free
you were ever good friends to me
Out on the moors from morn till eve
Happy with you and loth to leave.

And he would maybe have substituted ‘wild’ for ‘fresh’ on a day like today!

Anyway, I couldn’t find David’s poetry geocache, so guessing he hasn’t yet placed it, although I did inadvertently find another small one nearby (not saying where of course).

I really like the idea of the trail being enhanced by geocaches (disclaimer – you can create your own of course if you know of other poems in the area – I’m no expert – or you could drop me a line and I’ll add them to the ‘live’ viewranger map, I’ve already updated it twice now).

Here are some pics from today’s training jaunt up to / along Millstone Edge.

Castleshaw Pennine Way Millstone Edge Saddleworth Marsden Moor hike Hiking
Looking over towards Diggle and Uppermill
Castleshaw Pennine Way Millstone Edge Saddleworth Marsden Moor hike Hiking
Taking shelter near Dinner Stones – should have brought a flask of coffee, ah well!
Castleshaw Pennine Way Millstone Edge Saddleworth Marsden Moor hike Hiking
This is where I show my ignorance – I think this rock is the actual Dinner Stone itself (a partly inverted layers of what was once ancient river delta deposits). Any correction gratefully received.
Castleshaw Pennine Way Millstone Edge Saddleworth Marsden Moor hike Hiking
Looking over to Castleshaw reservoirs
Castleshaw Pennine Way Millstone Edge Saddleworth Marsden Moor hike Hiking
A break in the rain meant we could actually lift our eyes up to the sky..
Castleshaw Pennine Way Millstone Edge Saddleworth Marsden Moor hike Hiking
Panograph of Millstone Edge
Castleshaw Pennine Way Millstone Edge Saddleworth Marsden Moor hike Hiking
Trig Point at Millstone Edge and close to Marsden Moor Heritage Stone #6 .. looking back east towards Pule Hill and then onto Shooters Nab (left) and West Nab (right)

Marsden Moor Castleshaw Millstone Edge

 

 

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