Thursday walk report 9 March 2017

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    Andy Smith

    12 members (including one recovering from a broken wrist
    sustained on a previous Club meet) assembled at the layby where
    the Rushup road crosses the Pennine Bridleway. The conditions
    were bright and sunny, with particularly clear air, and
    quite windy. We headed northwest along the Pennine Bridleway
    (known hereabouts as the Roych Track). After two and a half
    miles we reached the foot of South Head amid mutterings
    about a coffee break. 10 of us climbed to the top and were
    greeted by breezy conditions and great views. After descending
    back to the track, we enjoyed our delayed break before
    heading off westward towards Kinder, crossing several boggy
    sections. We soon reached a stile and the paved section of the
    path. After a mile or so, we climbed a stile to reach the paved
    path up to Brown Knoll. A wet and snow-lined grough provided
    a little shelter from the wind, where we had our picnic. On
    to the trig point which provided a photo-opportunity. We
    wandered southeast along the gradually descending path, enjoying
    the views. This section is now all paved, which makes it much
    more pleasant and easy than the boggy stretch it used to
    be. We reached Chapel Gate and turned southwest to the road
    and back to the cars. The walk and climb up South Head were
    a bit out of our usual area, and enjoyed by some who had not
    been there before. We were lucky with the weather.


    Andy Smith

    6.7 miles; 1120 ft of ascent

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