Wednesday 24th June 2009

Another walk to enable me to break my boots in before we head to the Lakes this weekend. Today I found myself constantly surrounded by flowers of one variety or another, despite the fact at least a third of the walk was across moorland.

Start: Hell Bank Plantation (SK 2867 6806)

Route:

Hell Bank Plantation - Gibbet Moor - Dobb Edge - Chatsworth Park - Rabbit Warren - Hell Bank Plantation

Distance: 7.5 miles     Ascent: 266 metres      Time Taken: 3 hours 15 mins

Terrain: Good paths and fields.

Weather: Hot with a welcome breeze.

Pub Visited: None    Ale Drunk: None

Route Map >>

 

Harland Edge

Harland Edge is looking very green, at the start of the walk.

Hob Hurst's House

Hob Hurst's House is covered with ferns. There was no point in trying to explore  it a little further today, which had been one of my plans for the day.

Gibbet Moor

Looking across Gibbet Moor from Hob Hurst's House.

Gibbet Moor

There were plenty of foxgloves in flower as I crossed the moor. 

Gibbet Moor

The cotton grass is also in flower.

Cotton Grass

A close up of some of the cotton grass.

Derwent Valley

As I was walking across the moor the Derwent Valley and Jack Flat were always in sight.

The Edges

Covered in green ferns the edges don't stand out quite as well at this time of year. Here  looking towards Birchen Edge, with Curbar and Froggatt Edges in the distance.

Heathy Lea Brook

Walking alongside Heathy Lea Brook. There were more foxgloves  and plenty of thistles about to come into flower.

Robin Hood

Looking back across a sea of meadow flowers  in the area known as Robin Hood.

Robin Hood

Leaving the meadow flowers behind, I turned a corner,  to find wild roses covering the shrubs.

Longstone Edge

As I head towards Dobb Edge, the village of Baslow  and Longstone Edge come into view.

Birchen Edge

Looking back, Birchen Edge is just about visible.

Gardom's Edge

Gardom's Edge, another sea of green.

Dobb Edge

Last time I was on Dobb Edge there were great views across the valley below, today with  the leaves on the trees there were no views at all. I had planned a lunch with a view here.  Maybe I'll find somewhere else instead.

Hunting Tower

Hunting Tower, where I had my lunch.

Chatsworth Park

My lunchtime view, looking across Chatsworth.

Chatsworth

Making the most of the shade offered by the woods in Chatsworth during the hottest part  of the day. I had deliberately done the walk this way round in order to ensure I had plenty  of shade now. If I'd done it in reverse I'd have been on the very open Gibbet Moor instead.

Waterfall

I'd also planned my route so as that I'd visit this cascade.

Looking across to Calton Pastures as I leave the woods and shade.

Rabbit Warren

Looking back across Rabbit Warren to Longstone Edge.

Falling Edge

Falling Edge.

Previous walk Middleton Moor Wednesday 17th June 2009 <> Next walk Coniston Old Man Monday 29th June 2009

 

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