Six Tier 1 & 2 stalwarts started out, just down from Curbar Gap, in the forecast heavy rain – all with thoughts
of being thoroughly drenched by the end of the walk.
Surprisingly the path through woodland down to Froggatt Bridge, turned out to not reach the heights of Martin’s
mudness scale, only coming in at about 6/7 of 10. Albeit the woods did provide us with shelter from the wind we still experienced the incessant dripping from the saturated tree canopy.
Three hardy runners passed us on the bridge – oh for being a youthful Peter Pan.
As we walked along the pleasant Derwent riverside walk the rain eased so our coffee break, on well positioned logs,
just prior to the Calver/Sheffield road, didn’t require the use of Jane and Pete’s umbrellas.
The walk to Baslow was certainly muddy but obviously the campsite we passed through hadn’t experienced
the deluge of previous autumns as the permanent caravans weren’t in the middle of a lake this time!
Onwards to Baslow church, where we stopped for lunch on the plentiful seating, with river views and excellent autumn colours.
After ascending the lanes through Baslow we took the below edge path back to the cars, in drizzly windy conditions
but no where near the severity of the forecast and arriving back not drenched through.
Thanks to my 5 companions for your esteemed company and excellent conversation.
Definitely an enjoyable inaugural Tier 1/2 walk!