Sunday 13 March 2016. I met Jacqui again today for a walk from the shores of Errwood Reservoir in the Goyt valley. It was a cool and hazy start but the day developed beautifully with warm sunshine by early afternoon. Our route took us up to Shining Tor (1,834ft) where we stopped very briefly for coffee. There then followed a near 2-mile ridge walk as we made our way over Cats Tor and on to Pym Chair. It was at this point where we had to decide whether to do a 10-mile or 6-mile walk. The shorter route won out.
A small section of road walking soon brought us to our return route just below Foxlow Edge and back to the cars. The walk was 5.8 miles with a total ascent of 1,250ft. As we had an early finish, we went into Buxton for lunch at the Pavilion Gardens. I stopped on the drive back to take a picture of hang gliders over Mam Tor.
Errwood Reservoir – walk route
Friday 11 March 2016. I met with Jacqui today for a walk from Lamaload Reservoir. It was incredibly foggy on the drive there but thankfully I climbed out of it on the way up past the Cat & Fiddle and it turned out to be a nice spring day. We set off with hat and gloves on but these were soon shed, along with our coats, as we made the first of many short sharp climbs.
I made a couple of navigational errors but these were soon spotted (by me) and easily corrected. Why is it that I only make these mistakes when walking with Jacqui? Perhaps it’s because I’m easily distracted? Our up and down route eventually saw us join the Gritstone Way for the climb up to White Nancy and lunch. I’d been referring to it as White Betty and it will remain that way in our memory together with the tune Black Betty by Ram Jam. I was getting White Nancy confused with Fat Betty (North Yorks Moors) and came up with the name White Betty. Whatever the name, you can read more about it here.
After lunch we walked along the Saddle of Kerridge to the trig point, where I should have turned off but didn’t and down to Brookhouse. A bit of swift re-routing and we were soon back on course along Berristal Road to Snipe House where we saw the “This, That and The Other Way” signpost. We retraced our steps for a short while towards the end of the walk and back to the cars and on for tea/coffee in a nearby café.
The walk was just over 7 miles with a total ascent of around 1,500ft. It is the first time that I’d walked in this part of Cheshire but the rolling hills certainly added enjoyment to some lovely countryside.
Lamaload Reservoir – walk route
Thursday 10 March 2016. Yesterday was thoroughly miserable with constant rain. I escaped the confines of my caravan for lunch at the NT Longshaw Estate café with some retail therapy in Hathersage on the way back.
The weather today wasn’t much better and although it wasn’t raining, it was cold with cloud covering the hilltops. I abandoned my plan to walk over Mount Famine and instead drove to Bakewell with the idea of walking to Edensor and back. I paid to park all day but after walking around the town for a while and a coffee stop, I decided to abandon Plan B and to go back to the caravan.
I could have had another easy day watching TV but decided that I really needed to get out walking. So, at 1pm, I set of to walk up to Mam Tor. It took me just under an hour to walk the 2¼ miles up to Hollins Cross at 1,300ft and a further half an hour to walk three-quarters of a mile to Mam Tor at 1,696ft. My route back followed the now abandoned road into Castleton. As you will see from the picture, it isn’t really suitable for vehicles. The walk was 6.6 miles with just over 1,300ft of ascent.
Mam Tor – walk route
Tuesday 8 March 2016. I guess it was too much to hope for that the sunshine and blue skies of yesterday would be repeated today and it looked as if I would be stuck in the caravan watching the film “Philomena” that I’d downloaded for a “rainy day”. I’d only watched 10 minutes or so of the film when the sun poked its head from behind the clouds and this was enough encouragement for me to get my walking gear on and to get out there. The plan was to walk out of Hathersage up to Stanage Edge, to walk along the edge and then to come back down to Hathersage.
Leaving town, I walked along the road towards Sheffield for a very short distance before turning off onto a bridleway. I’d done this section before and knew how steep it was with a climb of over 400ft in less than half a mile. It levelled off a bit as I passed the peculiar looking building of Scraperlow which is a Grade II listed farmhouse. I then descended briefly to Mitchell Field Farm before making the second ascent of the day. This was a climb of nearly 600ft between Callow Bank and Higger Tor. I took the pictures not really appreciating that it was Higger Tor that I was looking at which is odd as we walked on the other side of the hill on our post-Christmas walk from the Longshaw Estate.
The higher that I went then the deeper the snow became until a point near the top where it was at least 6” deep. It wasn’t quite crampons and ice axe conditions which was just as well as I’d left them back in the car. I did, however, have my microspikes with me and put them on for safety. From the top, I could see the weather closing in from the north and coming my way along the Hope Valley. It was time to decide whether to press on up to the nearby Stanage Edge or to cut it short and to walk back along the road to Hathersage. Prudence won out and I took the safer route back to the car. I looked back longingly up to Stanage Edge only to see it disappearing in the mist and rain. I’d walked there before and may even return later this week.
My walk, although only 5½ miles, had a total ascent of just over 1,100ft. Back in Hathersage I rewarded/consoled myself with lunch inside Outside. Those who have been will know what I mean.
Hathersage – walk route