A ramble from Crowden

Crowden Hike Peak District

I had limited time this weekend so petitioned my very accommodating ‘Butterley Booters‘ mates, Jenny and Taru, to keep to maybe four hours of hiking somewhere near us. A ramble from Crowden to Laddow Rocks was arranged.

Taru’s suggestion came from the ‘The Pennine Divide’ book that she has. The book comes from the ‘freedom to roam‘ series from the Ramblers (said he, glancing at the cover as he types). This particular book is by Andrew Bibby.

I hadn’t seen the book before and I’ve only had chance to flick through it but the introductory section is nicely written and the walks are really well described.

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Mountain Hare Surveying with the National Trust (@marsdenmoorNT)

Millstone Edge Close Moss Marsden Moor hike

I met up with a few other folk (including walking compadre, Jenny) above Marsden, early on Saturday morning. We were going to be shown how to spot for signs of the (elusive, as it happened) Mountain Hare. Signs that will help us complete an NT survey within the individual 1Km squares of Marsden Moor that we have been allocated.

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Edale to Kinder Low Circular Hike

Edale Kinder Low Hike National Trust Helicopter

Brodie stopped a few feet below me and gave me a look: ‘so, who were you calling old?’ she seemed to be asking. I was picking my way hesitantly down Grindsbrook Clough, a pretty steep rocky path that hugs the brook and wends its way off Kinder Low, back down to Edale, which was not yet visible below us. My right knee and Achilles tendon were both aching a bit so Brodie had to stop every few yards or so to wait for me to catch up with her (she was on the extendable lead so didn’t really have a choice). Jenny was ahead of us and Karl behind, all of us watching out for especially slippy rocks.

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Dove Stone and Chew Valley circular hike

Dove Stone reservoir

Well, the intention, devised to burn off some christmas excess and get my walking legs back for a Snowdon trip in early feb,  was to do the 10 mile Dove Stone reservoir/s and Chew Valley circular.

But in truth it was more a Dove Stone and associated reservoirs meander.. about 3 hours / 5.9 miles or so of mostly low-level walking in dreich weather.  And I realised at one point that I hadn’t allowed enough time to do the whole thing in those conditions (it was a bit of a last-minute decision to do it on the day and we had set off later than we should have). So Brodie and I didn’t get to scale the ‘tops’ this time round but still had a good yomp.

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Training for the Yorkshire 3 Peaks – with a Derbyshire hike and the Mam Tor ridge

I’ve been wanting to venture further afield of late in my prep for the Yorkshire 3 Peaks (the moors around me are great but variety and all that..) and I was thinking north yorkshire or south lakes or maybe the peak district, which is on my doorstep. Turns out a … Keep reading >

Black Hill and back – a sunny, boggy, grouse filled hike

Yesterday I finally did a route I’d looked at a while back but for various reasons not fully completed. And I had the best of the weekend weather as it turned out .. witness my slightly red forehead now 🙂 The route starts and ends in Marsden, taking in the Wessenden Valley and part … Keep reading >