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    Frank Mellor
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    Nine hopefuls emerged from their cars into light rain. The pessimists donned full waterproofs, the optimists wore shorts and lightweight tops. Less than 10 minutes into the walk and all but one stalwart had stopped to pull on overtrousers. Our route lay across fields of wet grass before rising to join the main Hollins Cross path. Here our numbers swelled to eleven as two more worthies appeared above.
    At Hollins Cross the rain abated and the opportunity was seized for a coffee break. Conditions seemed to be improving with some patches of sunshine appearing and the top of Mam Tor was surprisingly quite calm. After lingering to admire the view we descended to Mam Nick and made a brief exploration of Windy Knoll cave. It was judged too unsavoury for a lunch stop but the grassy bowl just above proved suitable. A cracking pace was set along the track past Rowter Farm (the words “route march” were uttered at the back) which split the party until two gates had to be negotiated. As we descended the knobbly slippery path through Cave Dale the rain set in again but round the corner in Castleton the sun was shining.
    Thanks for your company
    Frank & Jennifer

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