Derwent Edge Monday 22nd August 2011

Another walk researching a route I was planning on writing up. The flowering heather meant the hills were turning pink but it also meant that in the warm sunshine the flies were out. In fact I have never seen quite so many flies in one place and as a result I made pretty rapid progress between Lost Lad and the Wheel Stones in an unsuccessful attempt to escape them.

Start: A57 lay-by (SK 1969 8642) 

Route:

A57 lay-by (Ladybower) - Ladybower Reservoir - Pike Low - Lost Lad - Back Tor (TP) - Derwent Edge - Whinstone Lee Tor - A57 lay-by (Ladybower)

Distance: 8.25 miles     Ascent: 434 metrees      Time Taken: 4 hours 15 mins

Terrain: Predominantly on clear paths but also crossing moorland.

Weather: Warm and sunny.

Pub Visited: None    Ale Drunk: None

Route Map >>

 

Ladybower Reservoir

Looking along Ladybower to Pike Low, which would be my route onto Derwent Edge.

Dovestone Tor

At Briery Side the Salt Cellar and Dovestone Tor come into view.

Ladybower Reservoir

Looking back for a view of Ladybower.

Dovestone Clough

Dovestone Clough leading to Dovestone Tor.

Derwent Edge

Looking back along Derwent Edge as I head along Pike Low.

Lost Lad

Ahead of me Lost Lad is caught in sunshine.

Lose Hill

Crossing Green Sitches and the view now includes the ridge from Lose Hill to Mam Tor.

Green Sitches

Win Hill and Ladybower from Green Sitches.

Howden Edge

Heading towards Lost Lad and pausing for a shot of a distant Howden Edge.

Back Tor

The air around Lost Lad was black with flies so I didn't linger there and instead made a dash for Back Tor, where the flies weren't quite as bad.

Great Ridge

The view towards Kinder from Back Tor. I had planned on a lunch stop here but fly sandwiches didn't appeal so I moved on rapidly.

Derwent Edge

The view along Derwent Edge from Back Tor.

Kinder plateau

Having passed the Cakes of Bread I finally found a relatively fly free spot for lunch with a nice view of Kinder.

Cakes of Bread

Looking back to the Cakes of Bread.

Salt Cellar

The Salt Cellar from Dovestone Tor.

Wheel Stones

The Wheel Stones were popular toady with a few people attempting to scramble up them.

Stanage Edge

All the greens and pinks help High Neb to stand out as I approach Whinstone Lee Tor.

Crook Hill

Crook Hill.

Ladybower Reservoir

Ladybower from Whinstone Lee Tor.

Bamford Edge

Bamford Edge.

Win Hill

A final shot of Win Hill before I take the path off the edge back to the car.

 

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