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Apologies for the mess, my technical adviser will be taking a short holiday.
Many thanks to Gemma and the Castle MC team for an excellent new members meet. There were a lot of routes done, pizzas eaten and smiling faces. Great to meet those of you who have been members for a short while already and to see such a lot of old friends. We also had a number of fresh enquiries so watch out for more of Mary’s emails. I hope those of you out on Sunday will also have a great time. Lin.
15 of us met at Fox House in a distinctly cold wind with the promise of snow to come. A couple of members had already excused themselves in anticipation of difficulties returning home and others announced their intention to cut the walk short should the weather deteriorate. A brisk walk over mainly frozen paths took us to the top of Burbage where we met the first flurries of snow and a strategic retreat was beaten by 4 members. Having agreed to just one stop we arrived at Upper Burbage bridge and one of our less choice lunch spots, cowering behind the newly rebuilt wall, at this point another 3 members left to walk back along the bottom of Burbage. The rest of us pressed on in deteriorating visibility on a slightly modified route round rather than over Higger Tor, skidding over icy patches hidden by snow. Turning just before Carl Wark for the packhorse bridge we found that not all the ground was frozen and wallowed our way to the path below Burbage. As we walked through Longshaw the weather improved and the now settling snow evoked memories of winters past. At the gatehouse a kind man offered to top up flasks with hot water should we have the need. The Longshaw car park featured an abandoned BMW so we waited to ensure the safe departure of our friend and proceeded back the to our off road parking pushing the odd vehicle along the way. Thanks to all for their company on what turned out to be a ‘proper winter walk’.
Walk report – Ten of us met to set out along the top of Chatsworth in fair weather with good views. The recent rain had left lots of puddles which were enjoyed more by Poppy than the rest of us. A brief stop was made at Hob Hurst’s House. The bog somewhat surprisingly appeared dryer than when I walked it on Saturday, possibly due to some recent excavations. Lunch was supervised by a herd of inquisitive bullocks which crept slowly closer as we sat. The serpentine walk through Stand Wood to the aqueduct was brilliantly navigated by the ever modest Warriss, with not a step wrong, this partially compensated for the failure to locate either the stone circle or the Dobb Edge cup and ring marked stone. We walked back to our starting point along wide trails with only a brief rain shower to mar an excellent walk. 8 miles , smack on. I obviously meandered a bit on the recce.
Update – I have now walked my proposed route, as I feared it is more than 8 miles. Depending on diversions to points of interest I reckon about 9 miles with 1000 foot of ascent. There is one notable bog in the middle of an area of narrow path but half of the walking is on tracks. Apologies to those who like a shorter walk. Tea and cakes will be available in Chesterfield to help with recovery.
Hi Elen, I would like to join you and Dave to visit Thornbridge Hall, however I need to be home for 5pm. Lin
URGENT CLIMBING TODAY? Don’t go to Bamford Edge, the access is closed off. Dick, Kathy and John are going to Stanage Plantation instead. Please will someone message the telephone group as I have no idea how that works.
Normal Thursday walk time, ready to set off at 11am