Thursday walk 6 June 2019 Report

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    Andy SmithAndy Smith
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    14 members (and a dog) gathered at Nether Booth in perfect
    conditions: warm, dry and sunny. After a short road walk, we
    headed past Clough Farm on a good track to reach Jaggers
    CLough up which we headed. This arguably is one of the most
    interesting ways up onto Kinder. We climbed up the clough on
    a narrow path, which was sloping and partly falling away in
    places, making progress a little tricky on occasions. We
    reached the designated coffee break stop, where some old
    walls provided seating opportunities. After the break we
    tackled the upper and perhaps most interesting section of
    the clough. The path swapped between one side of the clough
    and the other and there were frequent rock steps to be
    negotiated, necessitating the use of hands. Some sections
    were in the bed of the clough, stepping between the least
    slippery looking footholds as the water streamed past.
    Eventually the gradient eased and we reached the good path
    skirting the southern edge of the Kinder plateau. It was
    decided that this was an excellent place to linger and
    enjoy our picnic lunch. The air was exceptionally clear and
    we enjoyed stunning views over the Edale valley and many
    miles further south. After a substantial lunch break we
    headed west on the good path. The heather was beginning to
    come out and the bird watchers of the party were spotting
    ring ouzels. We reached Ringing Roger, a fine viewpoint,
    then made the steep descent to the Nab, via the newly paved
    path funded by the Mend the Mountains campaign. We dropped
    into Ollerbrook where the sunshine gave way to a sudden
    very heavy shower including a significant presence of hail
    stones. Waterproofs were donned before we made our final
    descent to Ollerbrook Booth. A flat walk along the valley
    brought us back to Nether Booth. The shower was over and the
    sun shone warmly again. An enjoyable day out and for some,
    a first ascent of Jaggers. 5.9 miles, 1250 ft of ascent.
    Andy & Rosy

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