Sunday, November 30, 2008

Not a Bog Trotting Day on Kinder Scout :-)

The cloughs in the dark peak offer an excellent way up onto the moors. My favourites include.
  • Blackden brook
  • Jaggers clough
  • Wildboar clough
  • Crowden clough
  • Grinds brook clough
some of these offer a mild scramble and a particularly fun in winter when they become iced up.

After a day of fog and mist yesterday the morning looked clear and frosty, excellent walking weather. I decided on a scramble up crowden clough. I Parked near Barber booth at SK107847
From Upper Booth I walked up Crowden Clough, the walk is pleasent on a calm day such as this the peace is broken by the music of the water from the clough. The view of crowden tower
from crowden clough is shown at geograph along with a good collection of views of Kinder at Geograph.

I scrambled up the clough taking care over the icy covered rocks that make for a good scramble in the bed of the clough. I slipped and received a mild sprain to my wrist! This was a reminder of the famous quote of Edward Whymper from his book "Scrambles amongst the alps". The quote is

"Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end."

From the top of Crowden Clough I followed the clough and headed onto Kinder scout. The conditions underfoot were perfect with the frozen icy moor removing the need to negotiate some of the boggier peat groughs in a typical bog trotters walk in the Peak district.

It was clear and I did not use a compass bearing my rough North Westerly direction took me to a point just south of Kinder downfall at Grid reference SK082887. I carried onto Kinder Downfall and stopped for a sandwich. I walked along the picturesqe western edge of Kinder Scout stopping briefly at KinderLow. A carried onto Swines back and Jacobs ladder and took the track that to Upper Booth.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Splish splash splosh at water cum jolly

Saturday saw us donning our boots and wellies and winding our waydown to cressbrook mill and cutting through past DJ'S BREWSTOP. Keisha was dressed up in her wellies, well prepared for the overspilling banks of the river wye.
Much fun was had splishing and splashing through the puddles and using the stepping stones. We were diverted up the rocks by Keisha with her constant need to be scrambling up the rock. We then headed back towards dj's brewstop which was unfortunately shut so we headed up to monsal head to the Hobbs cafe for a welcome pot of tea