Thursday walk report 5 Apr 2018

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    Andy SmithAndy Smith

    A beautiful clear sunny day, such a contrast with recent
    weather. 15 members (and 2 dogs) assembled for the walk at
    the muddy and very crowded car park near Fairholmes. Two
    non-walking members set out on bikes at the same time. Down
    the road to the visitor centre and the inevitable toilet
    stop. We passed Derwent Dam down which a large volume of
    water was cascading. All the Derwent Valley reservoirs were
    brim-full after much recent rain. The tarmac to the site of
    the flooded Derwent village was soon completed and we started
    uphill to Lanehead Farm where some layers of clothing were
    shed. The track continued uphill but at an easier gradient
    and we soon found a great sunny spot by a wall to enjoy
    elevenses and views over Ladybower. The air seemed
    exceptionaly clear. It was such a delightful spot that there
    was some reluctance to move on, but eventually we did, and
    strolled north on a good and occasionally boggy track. As it
    was school half-term, several family groups were out and
    about. As we walked, we enjoyed wonderful views over Derwent
    Valley with Bleaklow summit in the distance. Eventually the
    path started to trend downhill. We passed the ruined
    Bamford House and then followed a wall to arrive at our
    lunch place, and delightful hollow overlooking Howden
    Reservoir which was overflowing the dam. After lunch,
    observed by a curious stoat, and some good chat, we set off
    again, a steeper and narrow path down to the woods. After
    a short detour to look at the new hydro-electricit
    facility, we followed the track along the east side of
    Derwent Reservoir, and soon reached the dam. Close to, the
    water flow over the dam was impressive. A short walk along
    the road returned us to the cars, just in time to meet the
    returning cyclists. A most enjoyable walk.
    6 miles, 1000ft of ascent. Andy

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