Thursday walk 13 July 2017 – Report

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    Andy SmithAndy Smith

    Nine members and one non-member set off from the Barber
    Booth car park in perfect conditions. It was warm and sunny
    with a slight breeze, and the air was clear so we had
    excellent views as we ascended Chapel Gate. The surface was
    good – much better than it used to be when 4x4s were allowed
    to use the route. We paused at the top, having done most of
    the height gain for the day, for a coffee break. The grassy
    edges of the track formed parallel green benches facing each
    other and we were treated excellent views of the Kinder
    Scout massif, Brown Knoll, and the Edale Valley. Shortly we
    set off again, up Rushup Edge. At the highest point of the
    ridge (and of our day) at 550m asl, we reached Lords Seat,
    a Bronze Age bowl barrow, now fenced off, which is a
    Scheduled Ancient Monument (more information on the Historic
    England website). From here the ridge over Mam Tor to Lose
    Hill stretched out before us. After the short ascent of Mam
    Tor from the road at Mam Nick, we stopped for our picnic
    lunch in a sheltered viewpoint at the eastern end of the
    Iron Age hill fort which occupies the top of the “Shivering
    Mountain”. After lunch we dropped down to Hollins Cross and
    took the descending path westward to Greenlands Farm. The
    final stage of the walk took us across Harden Clough and
    through fields back to Barber Booth. A good walk of 6.4 miles
    with 1320 ft of ascent. Andy.

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