Thursday walk report 26 December 2019

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    Andy SmithAndy Smith
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    Ten members gathered at Bradwell for the Boxing Day
    Thursday walk. The weather forecast was continuous light
    rain, which was more or less correct though it was very
    light, indeed at times so light it was barely discernible.
    We headed up Top Hole Road and Earl Rake to get to the
    entrance to the now disused Moss Rake Quarry, which has
    recently been opened up as a new climbing area. We walked
    up into the quarry which cannot be seen from any right of
    way but is actually quite big. Most of us walked down to
    get a better view of the climbing areas, passing a number
    of bolted routes up a loose steep wall, which reminded some
    of us why climbing loose steep quarry walls never appealed.
    One person commented that an easier angle and a big pot of
    superglue would not go amiss. We regrouped at the road at
    the top of the quarry, known as Batham Gate, the line of an
    old Roman road which ran from Templeborough (near Rotherham)
    to the Roman fort at Brough and on to Buxton. A coffee break
    was taken here, after which two of the party decided to
    return to Bradwell.

    The remaining eight pressed on via an old mineshaft to the
    top of Bradwell Moor. A path down the other side brought us
    to the Limestone Way which was crossed to reach Oxlow Rake,
    accessed by an awkward stile (one of many on the walk). We
    walked up through the beech trees to reach the Limestone Way
    again at the top of the hill, where we paused for lunch by
    a gate. Mud had not been lacking up to this point but on
    the other side of the gate was a deep wide stretch which we
    tackled after lunch, and after a discussion of the mudness
    scale. We continued muddily along the trail, passing a dead
    cow, a rather rare sight. Dead sheep, yes, but I’d never
    seen a dead cow on a walk before. At his point we noted a
    party of six ahead, the only other people we saw on the
    whole walk. On reaching the five-way path junction, we
    turned right off the Limestone Way onto a less muddy track.
    We soon turned onto a path down through the fields which
    ultimately took us back to Bradwell via Outlands Quarry.
    7.8 miles; 1220 ft of ascent. After doffing wet waterproofs
    and muddy boots, we tucked into hot buttered crumpets
    washed down by mugs of tea. A contribution of mince pie
    flavoured cheese was sampled without, it must be said, any
    great degree of approval. Thanks to all who came.

    Andy & Rosy

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