This nine mile route takes you along the wild southern edge of the Kinder plateau using the edge as a guide and quite well defined paths for much of the way it's not too difficult to navigate your way around. However a map and compass and knowing how to use them is still strongly advised.
Starting from Edale Railway station we walked along the road and into the village as far as the Nags Head Inn. Rather then head along Grindsbrook and following the Pennine way we headed west on the Pennine Way alternative route which is signed for Jacobs Ladder. The path proceeds below Broadlee-Bank To and goes directly to Upper Booth.
Its always good to arrive at the Pack horse bridge at the foot of Jacobs ladder. When wandering up here I always try and cast my mind back into the time of these ancient travel routes before the 18th century with their height in the 1650's. These routes carried goods between the main cities in particular wool and materials between the mills. One such mill was located at Nether booth. There is some good information at the following sites.
The route up Jacobs ladder has a good solid stone foundation making travel some easier what however it must have been quite an effort for the packhorse trains that passed this way. Today the path was icy making our passage somewhat more challenging, particularly in to the westerly wind marking the onset of storm Dylan which was due to arrive in the latter part of the day.
The packhorse route continues onto Edale cross and downto Hayfield. Our route takes us below Swines back and on towards Edale rocks. Before heading that way we sat on the main path and enjoyed a hot dink and slice of Christmas cake.
This dog shape rock is the Noe Stool our route here was a running stream of snow melt. The path is usually a well defined track with the remains of a drystone wall on one side. This did not deter my two youngsters Louis was most excitable with the snow and enjoyed snowballing all of us at different points!
One of the favourite parts of the route is the Wool packs, there are some fabulous boulder formations here which are great for wandering around, they are wonderful natural sculptures. Naturally we cannot resist the temptation to climb, hop, leap and bound!
Today the rivers were full brown and excited with snow melt, why does all this white stuff make us all so excitable! We had to walk upstream to find a suitable river cossing.. oh what fun we all enjoyed this.