Thirteen of us (plus Poppy, to take us to a luckier 14) assembled on the outskirts of Rowsley. Several walkers donned waterproof trousers as the weather forecast was not great.
We headed up passing Peak Tor and through Sheepwalk wood to take a coffee break in the woods just before Stanton Moor. We mainly removed waterproofs here as we’d warmed up on the ascent.
The plan was to take the public footpath along the edge of the wood and up to the Cork Stone. The leaders struggled to find this path initially as there appeared to be a fence in the way. However after a bit of milling around we crossed the fence to join a well trodden path in the right direction.
Lunch was taken at the Cork Stone, after a few climbers among us had been drawn to climb the slippery rungs and worn holds.
We then headed for the Nine Ladies Stone circle , where some further ascents were made. The descent was made past the quarries and down a lane back to the cars.
A surprisingly rain and mud free walk – all of 6.06 miles. Thanks to all who joined us