Thursday walk 2 Apr 2015 – report

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    Andy Smith

    13 members met at Fox House, some having recently been in
    foreign places as far flung as Spain, Japan and Antarctica.
    The weather was beautifully sunny and mild, with virtually no
    wind – a delightful change from some we have been having.
    Passing Longshaw Lodge and pond we crossed the road and the
    footbridge over Burbage Brook before heading up the sunken
    track to join the Hathersage road near the Surprise. A thin
    track uphill through the heather passed Mother Cap and
    reached the gritstone tor, Upper Owler Tor, where we paused
    for a coffee break and to enjoy the views. Dropping west
    down the moor we reached the track below Millstone Edge.
    This continued across the road, past the piles of old
    millstones to Lawrencefield. We walked through the silver
    birch woods and descended to join the Padley Gorge track
    which was followed down to Padley Mill. The path on the east
    bank of the brook soon brought us to our lunch spot, at
    almost exactly 1pm. After our picnic overlooking the stream
    we climbed steps to reach the road and Yarncliffe Quarry.
    There followed a delightful path through woods, with nice
    views over Upper Padley. Eventually we reached open country
    and after a short ascent we joined the main track through
    Longshaw. From the road we followed an ancient trackway
    across the edge of White Edge Moor to cross the road again,
    pass below the Wooden Pole and reach the track which led
    back to Fox House. We rounded off the walk by enjoying a
    drink in the beergarden. 6.7 miles 1210 ft of ascent.

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