Sunday, February 23, 2014

Edale Skyline, Stanage and the Eastern Edges

Last week I posted information about fund raising for  Together for Short Lives, the challenge is the Dark Peak 50 mile classic which I've been writing about for sometime. Training must start in earnest! Today looked a good day to try the Edale skyline. In a difference from normal I started at Yorkshire bridge and ascended Win Hill. The next part of the walk is to drop down towards Hope before and then to ascend, Lose Hill.

Looking Towards Kinder from the top of Win Hill

View of the skyline from the descent of Lose Hill

Mam Tor, The Shivering Mountain

Edale Cross with Lose hill in the background.

The last time I tried this route I struggled on the final ascent up Win Hill. Today it was a little easier. The full route was 21 miles and is detailed at MapMyRun Edale Skyline on Map Myrun.

In a bid to clock up mileage I set out again this morning and started at the Leadmill bridge just outside Hathersage.  The plan was to walk up to Bamford the along to Stanage End. The start of the walk along the river Derwent was pleasant.
The stepping stones over the river Derwent, the water was quite high, walking sticks and waders would have been necessary! Keisha and Louis would love too come here. From Stanage end, I followed the edge  until arriving at Burbage I continued to the Longshaw Estate to Longshaw lodge. The run along Green Edge and White Edge was blustery. I returned from Curbar Gap and ran over Curbar and Froggatt edges. A walk through Hay Wood returned me to Grindleford and from there I had a muddyy walk/jog by the river too my car at the Leadmill bridge

As shown on MapMyRun (Stanage and Eastern Edges on Map My Run) the 22 mile circuit was completed in just over 6 hours. Running over the last two days has made me realise how challenging a 50 mile run will be.

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