Thursday walk 14 Mar 2019 Report

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    Andy SmithAndy Smith

    15 people and a dog started from our house in Bradwell, a
    little late due to delays caused by flooding on the Hope
    Valley road near Brough. We headed uphill into the wind,
    round Outlands Quarry, and up Green Dale to Batham Gate,
    the line of an old Roman road. The higher we got the more we
    felt the effect of the wind. One member of the group decided
    to head back from here but the rest of us continued in the
    same line. We found quite a sheltered spot among the old
    opencast workings for our coffee break. After the break we
    continued uphill, stopping to look at an old mineshaft.
    Eventually we reached the top and were able to turn away
    from the wind. The track led, via many puddles, to Bushey
    Heath Farm. After a short road walk, we headed up Tideslow
    Rake, now with the wind at our backs and helping to blow us
    uphill. Once past the radio mast we began descending and soon
    found a sheltered place for lunch amid the old spoil heaps.
    The route resumed down the Rake to the road where we turned
    left. Turning off the road, we walked through Little
    Hucklow and Coplow Dale, crossed Intake Dale and Jennings
    Dale, and eventually returned to the starting point. Tea was
    served, accompanied by Rosy’s delicious cakes. 7.3 miles.
    Andy & Rosy

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