Under wall-to-wall blue sky a party of 13 crossed Ashopton Viaduct for the gradual climb up to Crook Hill farm. With extensive views of the Eastern Edges and Kinder Scout we ambled over Bridge-end Pasture to our mid-morning stop overlooking the Woodlands Valley.
Passing Lockerbrook we took a pleasant woodland decent to Fairholmes and followed the damside track to the path up Grindle Clough. It was time for lunch and for more liberal applications of sun cream. Lunch-time entertainment was provided by a John Betjeman poem read by Maurice quickly followed by a fly-past of several flocks of Canada Geese and two Army helicopters.
Onwards and upwards brought us to a delightful path which contoured round to Whinstone Lee Tor. Views into the Upper Derwent Valley were spectacular. We continued along the edge before the steep decent by Ladybower Tor, and return to our cars.
8 miles and a great day.