All 7 of those booked to attend arrived promptly, some VERY promptly, despite the forecast of heavy rain all day.
Setting off across the moor in 2 parties a good distance apart, the rain was heavy but progress quick. Luckily the hail and snow encountered on this walk in February was absent. After a swift pull up the steepest part of the walk high above the valley of Ewden Beck we reached the shooting cabin in 40 minutes, shortly after we took advantage of a selection of grouse shooting butts to stop for coffee.
We soon ran out of Land Rover track and forged our way across a few hundred yards of virtually trackless heather moorland until we reached the Duke’s Road, an excellent bridleway. By now the rain had eased a little and views down the Agden Valley were visible. On reaching the road we lost one member who had a pressing engagement and took a short cut back to the start.. This meant we could join the 2 groups into 1 of 6 people and relieved the ever willing Hutch of assistant meet leader responsibilities.
We entered the contrasting farmland which led us steeply down, towards Broomhead reservoir through a farmyard and a nature reserve which was sheltered enough for a lunch stop with a number of well spread out benches. The autumn colours were spectacular all the way down to the reservoir. Of course the steep descent meant an uphill route back, which was more gentle and ended up in the spacious grounds of the now demolished Broomhead Hall, although the farm and stables remain.
Back to the cars after a lovely walk with varying amounts of ‘weather’ which was certainly not as bad as forecast. Everybody seemed to enjoy the walk which covered 6 miles, with 2 stops, in 2 hours 50 minutes.
Thanks to all who participated, nice to have some ‘distanced’ company.
Pics on Facebook soon.