Wednesday 12th November 2008
With today forecast as the only dry and sunny day for the week we headed out to make the most of the good weather. The fields and paths were very wet, muddy and slippery which certainly made the initial steep ascent interesting, a case of one step forwards and lets see how far back down I will slide. The views across the dales more than made up for the effort required at the start of the walk and once we were in Wolfscote Dale you could easily have thought it was late summer, rather than late autumn, as it was so warm and pleasant.
Start: Milldale car park (SK 1368 5477)
Milldale car park - Alstonefield - Narrowdale Hill - Wolfscote Dale - Coldeaton Bridge
Distance: 6.5 miles Ascent: 341 metres Time Taken: 3 hours 40 minutes
Terrain: Fields and good paths.
Weather: Warm and dry with no wind.
Pub visited: None Ale Drunk: None
Looking across Mill Dale to Shining Tor from the steep climb above Milldale.
Heading towards Alstonefield's church.
The Green Well which used to supply
Looking across the valley to Wetton and Wetton Hill as we head out of Alstonefield.
Narrowdale Hill, our route would take us
just below it's summit.
Looking down to How Narrowdale, the dale
Gratton Hill from Narrowdale Hill.
Looking across How Narrowdale to Hartington and beyond.
Zooming in on Hartington with Carder Low and High Wheeldon also visible.
Wolfscote Hill, behind the lower slopes of Gratton Hill.
Approaching the entrance to Wolfscote Dale.
Autumn reflections in the River Dove.
The caves at the entrance to Wolfscote Dale.
Looking across the River Dove to Drabber Tor.
Iron Tors seen high above the wooded section of Wolfscote Dale.
Sunlight catches the limestone in Wolfscote Dale.
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