Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Hathersage Hurtle: A Reccy

Hooray, today, the clocks went forward spring is here.  The weather forecast looked promising I'd made a decision to check the Hathersage Hurtle.  This is a walking and running event in the Hope valley. Its a 20 mile circumnavigation of Hathersage with 2500 feet of ascent making it a great challenge.

Bamford edge with gun buttress in the distance.

I met up with two friends Andy and Steve from the North Derbyshire running club we met  at the leadmill bridge in wonderful conditions and headed off, briefly along the river Derwent and upto High Low. The route follows well defined tracks around the edge of Offerton moor. Steve led the way and took us upto Wolfs Pit.  The route upto here is quite steady with a section of steepness 12%. At this stage it's probably better to conserve energy dropping the pace on the steeper sections. After the wireless mast on Shatton moor the way drops down through Brough and Shatton.

I'd managed to jog most of this section but I've lost quite a lot of fitness. It was a tricky decisionn weather to continue with Steve and Andy or to attempt the remainder of the route. It was such a beautiful day I decided to walk the remainder of the route.. this was a decision I did not regret!

After crossing the main road A6187 at Shatton the trail continues by the quaker hall near Thornhill  and onto the Thornhill trail. This is a disused railway between Bamford and Ladybower and our route takes us to Yorkshire bridge.

Bamford edge with gun buttress in the distance.

 The way up from Yorkshire bridge is long and fairly steep it continues on for 4.5 miles before beginning the downward hurtle to Hathersage. I did not regret my decision to continue a great route and good to chat with people on the way. The route continues along the top of Stanage and you need to get ready for a fast run along the Green drive below Burbage.

One of the final landmarks is the chapel of the Padley Martyrs just after here the path turns left heading back down to the river Derwent and flat section through coppice wood and along to the finish.


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