Friday 14th April 2006
Today we went back to do the walk we had to abandon in February due to the amount of snow on the top of Bleaklow, we couldn't have chosen a more different day. Despite the Bank Holiday crowds that we had seen on our way to the start of the walk we actually saw very few people all day, possibly because so much of the route was not on established paths which certainly slowed us down.
Start: Old Glossop (SK 0450 9477)
Route: Old Glossop - Doctor's Gate (Path) - Higher Shelf Stones (TP) - Hern Stones - Bleaklow Head
Distance: 9.25 miles Ascent: 593 metres Time Taken: 6 hours 45 minutes
Weather: High cloud clearing during the day to leave blue skies and warm sunshine.
Pub visited: The Crown, Matlock Ale Drunk: Shepherd Neame, Spitfire
As we started along Doctor's Gate path we saw our first lambs of the year.
The view up towards Bleaklow from the start of Doctor's Gate Path.
After we crossed the footbridge Lower Shelf Stones could just be made out to the left.
Looking back down Doctor's Gate (Path) from the top.
Higher Shelf Stones (right),
our first target of the day, and Lower Shelf Stones (left
Higher Shelf Stones trig point.
Looking back down Doctor's Gate from the trig
point, with Lower
Looking left from the trig point, Kinder Plateau with Win Hill to its left.
Further round, across Alport Moor, Howden Edge is caught in sunlight.
One of the reasons for
following today's route was to find this plane which I remembered
Part of the wreckage.
Hern Stones surrounded by one of the many peat
bogs that made
Derwent Edge, across Bleaklow, from Hern Stones.
These white hares are quite
common on Bleaklow but it's very rare for them to stay stil
Black Hill and the Holme Moss transmitter from Bleaklow Head.
Looking down towards Torside Clough from Wildboar Grain.
From Cock Hill, looking across Bleaklow, all of the Kinder Plateau can be seen on the horizon.
Looking back towards Cock Hill from the track back to Old Glossop.
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