The weather was bright this morning and full of promise although we were up early we seemed to make a late departure. Our plan was to walk along Derwent Edge to Dovestone Tor and to try a climbing route. We tried a few parking spots but everwhere seemed alarmingly full at 1000 am. We eventually found a spot in the car park at Cutthroat bridge. Chatting to someone on our walk to Derwent edge we learned of a fly past of the Lancaster from the RAF Battle of Britain memorial flight which was scheduled for 1615.
We carried along the edge to Dovestone Tor where we sat in the shelter tent and had lunch. We scrambled around looking for a suitable line to climb. We all had fun exploring the wonderful Dovestone edge, we roped up and ascended an interesting line to the top. It was a great opportunity for Keisha and Louis to get to grips with some basic mountaineering ideas of how to use and manage a rope.
On our return from Dovestone Tor we joined the throng of people eager to view a pair of Lancaster's do a flypast over Derwent reservoir. The A57 was turned into a car park and a great crowd of people joined the walk back to their cars scattered along the A57. As one of the Lancasters will return to Canada this is the final opportunity to see a pair of Lancasters. A wonderful experience its strange to think that the Lancaster Radio set housed in Battle of Britain museum at the Derwent dam conjured memories of my days as an Air Cadet. On many Sunday mornings I would use an old radio set from a Lancaster bomber a privilege then and a valued memory restored today.
We met some friends form the Castle Mountaineering Club who seemed to be quite amused with my grubby youngsters beaming and clearly having a good time in the hills.
Further information about these wonderful historical aircraft are here.
Lancaster 2014 UK Tour
RAF Battle of Britain memorial Flight