Almscliffe Sunday 15th June ‏ 2014

After a great Thursday evening on Froggatt in glorious sun, with 5 routes being done I took today out to go and research Almscliff ready for next Sunday (15th) I have climbed there before, but that was 35 years ago, so thought a visit was appropriate.

The crag is still in exactly the same place as last time I was there. Almost all the routes are the same, if a little more used. And yes Franklands Green Crack is still bright green! There is a full range of routes, to suit all styles and abilities.

For the photographers and/or ornithologists today there was a pair of Red Kites flying within 10m of the climbers! The views from the crag are spectacular, and there is even a slurry pond to see!

The journey from Meadowhall to the parking area at the SW end of the crag took me 55mins, staying at or below the speed limit all the way. I did not go through Leeds. I went M1, and its link across to the A1, turned off at the Otley/Wetherby turn (45). Then I followed Harewood House, turned right in Harewood and followed the A61 towards Harrogate, turning left to North Rigton. In the village, hang left at the roundabout and then right onto Crag Lane. The parking area is about 1m along here on the right just after a T junction where you turn right

The Square and Compass in North Rigton is relatively expensive for food, but very nice and relaxed, with lots of outdoor tables, so I sat back with my beer and topped up my sunburn! Again the Red Kites made an appearance were soaring around and easily visible.

I hope for a good turnout. Please try and hook up with car-share if at all possible.

I will be in the parking area from 10:30 until 10:45, but the crag is not so big that you could miss us if you come later.


Thursday 5th June –Walk Report

A party of 5 left Litton in dry but overcast conditions.

Cressbrook Dale was descended past St Peter’s Stone followed by the ascent to Wardlow Hay Cop where we stopped for coffee and donned water proofs given the appearances suggesting imminent rain.

The promised rain failed to materialise, however , and by the time we had completed the descent to Ravensdale Cottages things had warmed up and the waterproofs came off.

The high level traverse of Miller’s Dale followed with a descent to Litton Mill and climb up the other side of the valley to Cressbrook village.

We then returned to Litton by a somewhat slippery route along the edge of the woods and an easy walk through the fields. The dry weather held and slowly improved giving us a pleasant round in this classic limestone area.

CMC Member Runs 50 Peak District Miles for Charity

Runner / Member Mike Griffiths explains his charity challenge:
This year I am fifty years old and to celebrate this I decided I’d like to try one of my favourite walks in the Peak District, “The Derwent Watershed”. However, rather than split the walk over two days I decided to attempt to run it in a single day and extend the distance to fifty miles by including a section taking in the eastern gritstone edge’s Froggatt, Curbar and Baslow. For me, this is a one off challenge and I decided that I’d run this in memory of my sister in law Tanya. Tanya would also be celebrating her fiftieth birthday this year, sadly she passed away at the age of 15 months.
As a memorial to Tanya our family are raising money for the charity, Together for Short Lives. They are  a leading UK charity who support children with life-threatening and life limiting conditions and all those who love and care for them. They support families, professionals and services, including children’s hospices. Their work ensures that children can get the best possible care, wherever and whenever they need it..
The fifty mile challenge will start from Yorkshire bridge and after ascending Win Hill, the route will drop down towards Hope and continue up Lose Hill and along the ridge taking in Mam Tor, Rushup Edge and continuing on to Brown Knoll. From here the route follows the edge of Kinder Scout to the Kinder downfall. It continues along the Pennine way to the Snake Summit. From this point the challenge starts as the route proceeds along the Pennine way and then over Bleaklow heading towards Barrow stones. The route follows the line of stakes around Swains Greave onto Swains Head and over Featherbed Moss. It heads south and goes over Outer Edge, Margery Hill, Round Hill and then Back Tor legs my ache quite significantly at this point! We continue along Derwent edge and to Moscar house. The final section of the route commences with a stagger up Stanage edge. If I’m lucky I’ll manage a jog from High Neb. We continue along the Green drive to Longshaw and to the Longshaw pole. The end is in sight when I arrive at the Froggatt gap and continue along Frogatt, Curbar and Baslow edges. Somehow I’ll make my way over the top of Gardoms edge and finish at the Robin Hood Inn for a pint! Despite my hill experience with the CMC and all the training I’ve put in for this I still doubt my ability to succeed, therefore this is a huge challenge.
I’ll be running this route on Saturday 5th July (we have a back up plan to take account of weather and other unforeseen eventualities). CMC members are welcome to join me for this epic or for sections of the route. Or join me at the end for a drink at the Robin Hood.
Further details about the route can be found the PeakDistrictAdventures blog at
You can follow my training on twitter at
This has links to my training routes using a GPS and mapmyrun, you can see just how slow I really am:-)
Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to Together for Short Lives. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.



Thursday walk 22 May 2014 – Report

In spite of a poor weather forecast, eight of us (seven
members and one probable future member) assembled in Great
Hucklow. As it turned out, there was no rain at all for the
whole of the walk. After crossing fields and walls with
stiles to Grindlow, we walked by Silly Dale to Wardlow
Mires. We crossed the main road into upper Cressbrook Dale.
Here there were lots of purple orchids, slightly past their
best but magnificent nevertheless.

We headed up to Peter’s Stone and all scrambled to the top
where we enjoyed a coffee break in an unusual situation.
After descending from the Stone, a wild flower book was
consulted and the orchids tentatively identified (early
purple orchids).

The route continued down the dale before climbing out of it
to Wardlow. Continuing east, we crossed a road and paused
for lunch. After dropping down to Housley we took the road
into Foolow and then towards Bretton. The large sinkhole,
which suddenly opened up last Christmas above old mine
workings, had been spotted earlier in the walk but was now
much nearer.

A footpath branched off the road taking us closer to the
sinkhole and we were able to get a good look at it. It is
supposed to be 160ft wide and 130ft deep but we could not
see the bottom.

It just remained to walk the short distance back to Great
Hucklow. Post-walk refreshments in Bradwell were tea and
homemade cakes produced by Rosy (fruit cake, flapjacks, and
raspberry chocolate brownies).

7.5 miles 900 ft of ascent.

Andy Smith – Bradwell, Derbyshire, England;

Gardoms Meet 18.5.14

Well the sun gods smiled on us once more for the Gardoms meet and, without being too smug......I told you so (again)!
12 climbers congregated at Apple Tree Buttress comprising of a few club stalwarts, our lovely, enthusiastic new members and two honorary members for the day from London. Special thanks to Simon for giving Heather and her friends step by step instructions on how to get to the crag when they went a little awry. You've heard of the speaking clock, well Simon is like the speaking map! 
There were assaults launched on lots of different routes on the crag from VDiff to VS 5a and extra special thanks have to go to John and Leon for their fantastic effort in leading most of them (I did lead 1). The friendliness and helpfulness of the leaders in particular was commented on by our visitors. Thanks guys you made the day and I loved all those new, juicy VS's. The experience of doing a 'bum shuffle' up a tree on the 5a finish of Tree Groove was........novel!
All in all an absolutely fab day that I know was enjoyed by all .


New Members Weekend May 2014

Dear All,
We had a very successful day’s climbing as we sensibly went to Awesome Walls rather than Stanage given the weather conditions.
Nearly 20 people climbed at some point during the day. Many thanks to those Castle members who came along and supported the event. Hopefully, you had a good time and enjoyed the climbing. Welcome to those new faces who came along. I trust that we were not too intiminating and that we will see you on one of our outdoor meets soon.
Two days indoors in a row is a bit much. We therefore intend to meet at the Robin Hood car park at 10.30 as planned and climb at Birchen Edge if fit and walk if not. Linda has planned a walk of about 10 miles but this could be altered by agreement. Pack your boots and waterproofs together with sandwiches and a drink.
The car park is now managed by the Eastern Moors Partnership and charges apply. If you are an RSPB or National Trust member you may park for free. There is a field on the opposite side of the road which is free but may be muddy.
See you tomorrow


Dear All
Yes the highlight of your social calendar has arrived THE CMC QUIZ NIGHT!
A night not to be missed.
Kick off at 8.00pm in the Clubhouse.
Questions will be a mixture of The Outdoors and then more general knowledge.
Take part in twos or on your own.
Prizes to be won.
Compere Andrew
Hope to see you there. (I won’t as I will be plastered!)
Ali  01142686605

Yorkshire Dales Meet – May 2-5 ‏ 2014

An excellent turn-out of eventually 13 members, staying at the very conveniently situated Dalesbridge Campsite just south of Austwick on the A65 between Settle and Ingleton. [My map is old enough to show it as the original hospital, and it still has the unusually high walls surrounding the buildings, which had previously warned people away from the infectious patients].

The usual mixture of activities were enjoyed in this stunningly beautiful countryside. Over the 4 days of the Bank Holiday weekend, there was a cycle ride and various walks straight from the campsite, and limestone climbing at Giggleswick, Oxenber, Twisleton and Feizor. On one walk we spotted glacial erratics, a green drive, clapper bridges and early purple orchids [flower identification is Linda’s new ‘homework’]. Most people had tents [the first night was very cold!] but others were more up-market in their camper-van [Martin and Pat] or caravan [thank you to Leon and Josie for sharing your warm caravan on the last evening].

Caroline and Gordon opted for a night back at home after checking out the bunk-house, but then tried out the campsite B and B for their last night. Some younger people on the campsite proved somewhat noisily talkative each night, and perhaps this spurred on Sean [who happened to be camped nearest to them] to get up early every morning to tackle each of the 3 peaks of Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent and Whernside separately over 3 days.

The final day of climbing at Feizor, on mainly unpolished limestone, was very sociable and entertaining, with the usual swearing and gibbering by some, and ended perfectly with pudding/cakes at Elaine’s tea-room ideally situated by the village car-park. Thanks to all for your good company, and making it such a great weekend. 

Vanda Boyd