Thursday walk 21 Jan 2016 Report

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    Andy Smith
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    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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