- January 21, 2016 at 5:23 pm #2113
CMC Thursday walk 21 Jan 2016 Report
Eleven members started from Little Longstone in cold but
cloudy conditions. We crossed fields which are often boggy
but had been part frozen by the heavy overnight frost, making
the going easier. Reaching Great Longstone, we threaded our
way up alleys between the houses to the top of the village.
A path across more fields brought us to the walled Hardrake
Lane. A steady uphill section warmed everybody up, and some
members of the party even stopped to strip off a layer. At
the top of the lane we had a break for coffee before setting
off down again. Skirting Rowland, we hugged the wall of the
Hassop Hall estate, then dropped down to the road by the Toll
Bar Cottage. A very wet boggy section here was successfully
circumnavigated. In a short distance we reached the Monsal
Trail and our picnic lunch stop; good timing meant that the
occupants of the bench were just vacating it. Refreshed, we
headed up the path to Bakewell, but turned off it to pass
the isolated cottage Cracknowl house which has no road access
and apparently dates from the 17th century. The final section
of the walk took the Monsal Trail and finally a path across
fields back to the start. 7.3 miles 730ft of ascent.
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