Monday, May 5, 2014

a walk with a gruesome twist

        Me and my brother pretended that this was santa's house and we were standing in the front door.

We have set off from the village of Litton and went down Tansley Dale.  From the view I was looking at , you could see some stinky old cows in the farm.

                    This is Louis pretending he is  a famous intrepid climber going over the rickety stone style.

                                Look at me with Louis in the view coming over down the steep hill over the scree.

                                      This tree is straight its not tilted neither the camera. Do you believe me?

                                              This is my brother`s minute cave in Louis land .

                                      Some people were taking pictures so my dad had a go and joined in


                                                       Here's the result . A beautiful light purple orchid.

                                          Here is my brother`s on land boat . Hasn't he got a great imagination.

Thats peter`s stone
The gruesome history of Peters stone from
Further notes on wikipedia at

Peter’s Stone is a circular limestone dome in the Wardlow Mires, northern end of Cressbrook Dale. It is also referred to as Gibbet Rock and shown on the OS map as Peter’s Stone. This is where the last gibbet in the county stood and local legend has it this was the last gibbeting. A gibbet was a gallows used to display the bodies of criminals after their execution and this is where they were left until long after execution with their bones rattling against the iron cage serving as a deterrent to other would be criminals.

The story is that on NewYear’s Day, in 1815 Hannah Oliver, the toll-keeper at Wardlow Mires was murdered for a pair of red boots and Anthony Lingard, a 21 year old Tideswell man, was convicted and executed for the killing. After execution in Derby his body was then hung in chains on the Peter’s Stone but this gruesome practice led to considerable public outcry and it was to be Derbyshire’s last public hanging!

                                                     Here we are at the top of  gruesome St Peter's stone .

                                         Look at the view from the top. It was pretty scary looking down from here.

                                                           I own this land.

                                                             Were`re nearly there .

We are very tired  We want some ice cream.  It was scrumdidliumpcious .

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Chasing the Bleaklow Hare's

Training for the 50 mile dark peak challenge has continued at a reasonable rate. Today with wonderful skies it seemed sensible to walk the trickiest section of the run. An objective was to work out the most sensible route to use and provide further familiarisation so as to enable easier route finding on the day. It was also an opportunity for a longish day as practice for a Scottish Munro Bagging trip.

Our route for this day started from the snake summit followed the Pennine way to Bleaklow and then followed the line of stakes on the crest of Bleaklow in an easterly direction. Before Barrow stones we stay on the high ground walking around Swains Greave and onto Swains Head e.g. see (SK133982). The route then follows the count boundary over Featherbed Moss, Howden Edge, Outer Edge and Margery hill. The final part takes us to Back Tor and the Derwent edges finishing at Cutthroat bridge (SK213873). We followed the same line as that described in Dark Peak 50 Mile Classic: Part 2.
 Looking towards Shelf Stones from Snake Summit

Bleaklow, complete with posing shady character.

The Pennine way route to this point is easily found but this point is actually too far. The route heads in an easterly direction and follows the line of stakes on the crest of Bleaklow hill. We retraced our steps a few hundred yards and started the turn off at a distinctive mound.

The ornamental Bleaklow Stones

Barrow Stones can be seen in the picture

It's wonderful walking across Bleaklow Hill ther is so much pleasant vegetation new life and growth. A lot of excellent work has been undertaken to introduce natural vegetation on the moor. This has been achieved in a number of ways e.g. reduction of grazing, reduction of the flow of water along groughs. Netting has also been placed which prevents erosion of the peat groups and provides a firm foundation for new growth.

 So where exactly are we?

At the descent from Bleaklow and before starting to climb onto Barrow hill there is a rdge which follows the line of stakes south. This line  avoids a descent into West End and the source of the river Derwent. It's a long journey around to start the walk south to eastern edges of the Derwent but the terrain is easier.  
We found this stone as we headed across Featherbed Moss to Howden edge.
The stone is an old boundary marker for the Rimington-Wilsons of Broomhead Hall.

We made our way over Middle Moss and onto Round Hill successfully avoiding the may deep peat groughs over this area of moorland. These groughs form the rivulets which feed into Stainery Clough and feeding into Abbey Brook.

We eventually found the main path leading to Back Tor.  Our path intersected with two people who appeared to be moving rather quickly. We started discussing the Derwent Watershed route. After telling them about the 50 miler training route they were very encouraging and enthusiastic 

Coach and Horses Rocks on the Derwent Edges.
The distance got to us we started chattering to the Grouse!
Instead of turning off to Moscar we followed the edge along to the main path which leads to Cut throat bridge where I parked my car. We drove back up to Snake Summit to collect Gavin's car. Our timings and route details were recorded using  MapMyRun.