Saturday, February 18, 2012

Cressbrook Squidge

The met office have recently said that they require a better supercomputer to improve their weather forecasts. I would have liked some good weather forecasting. I stole an opportunity to get out so whatever the weather I was going!

I drove to Stoney Middleton and carried on through Middleton dale just past Wardlow Mires I followed the road to Litton and parked the car at Mires lane SK 174754. The first part of the walk was 1 mile of road walking, this is OK, Derbyshire villages are pleasant with always something different to see.

Walking through Litton village and past Litton Primary School SK163752, I continued along the road to Tideswell dale SK153744. The path along Tideswell dale is very easy and nice and wide. I enjoyed the occasional animal wood carvings and thought that I'd enjoy the challenge of the impossibly looking limestone crags.

The path meets the road to Litton mill but I followed the small path to the Field study centre near Litton Mill SK157732 and walked up the small hamlet, Litton slack SK162734. After following the dale the path climbs up and we look down on the cragged Millers dale. I now headed for Cressbrook village and went to Raven Cottages SK172734 for the start of Cressbrook dale.

Cressbrook dale is a marvellous dale crowned by raven crag with its classic route Medusa, despite its polish, this is definitely on my tick list. Rather than walking to Peter's stone I headed off to Tansley dale. Instead of following the path through the dale a climbed up to the top to join the path which followed the edge. This was quite tricky being very wet and squidgy and being in possession of lightweight boots with minimal grip. View of Cressbrook dale with Peters Stone in the distance from Tansley dale SK172747.

On reaching the path at the top the hail started and certainly added to the atmosphere of the walk it felt quite wild, not the pleasant spring day. All in all this is a short walk but a most enjoyable circuit. The day brightened up and the weather was excellent for the remainder of the weekend.