Thursday walk report 6 Sep 2018

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    Andy Smith
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    Eleven members started from the Barber Booth car park. It
    was bad luck that the duration of the walk coincided with
    the passage of a rain-bearing weather front. The
    precipitation began as we headed up Crowden Clough and
    waterproofs which had not seen the light of day for many
    weeks over the dry summer began to be dug out from the
    bottoms of rucksacks. We paused for a coffee break at the
    point where the path diverged from the scrambling route
    taking the upper section of the clough. One of the party
    opted for the latter while the rest of us continued up the
    path. We regrouped at the top of the clough which seemed to
    be busy with other walkers. In fact we saw quite a lot of
    people coming the other way as we headed downwind east along
    the edge of the Kinder plateau. In spite of the rain and
    quite low cloud, we still had views down to the valley. We
    stopped for lunch at the top of Grindsbrook (north fork).
    It was exactly one o’clock and someone remarked that Martin
    would approve of the planning of this. There were plenty of
    rather damp rocks to sit on and it was a bit of a wet
    experience except for one enterprising member who found a
    dry perch under a nearby overhang.

    After having chilled a little, we were glad to get going
    again as we set off continuing round the edge of Kinder,
    often on a paved path, over Upper Tor and Nether Tor to the
    top of Golden Clough, with good views down to Grindsbrook.
    Here we took the descent path to the bottom of Ringing
    Roger, and its zig-zag continuation over the Nab and down to
    Edale. It was still raining even though the sun was trying
    to come out. We passed the start of the Pennine Way and were
    disappointed to find that the cafe, which had been mentioned
    in the walk information, if not actually promised, was
    closed. There followed a flat mile across fields to Barber
    Booth with the sound of frequent passing trains reminding us
    we were close to the railway. We did a double crossing of
    the line to return the cars. the GPS showed that we had done
    7.3 miles, with 1620 ft of ascent. The rain reminded us what
    typical autumn weather was like in case we had forgotten
    over the summer. Of course the rain stopped and the clouds
    cleared away soon afterwards.

    Andy & Rosy

    #12629

    Pat Cocks
    Participant

    Great to see that standards are being maintained while we are in France. The only worrying thing is that there was no mention of mudness!

    Martin and Pat.

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