Mar 27, 2014
There were 9 of us on the walk today, some quite suntanned having very recently returned from foreign parts. We left Castleton along the lane below Peak Cavern, then contoured round to the bottom of Winnats Pass. This was climbed, with some members showing their fitness by maintaining an impressive pace whilst still talking all the time! Then we headed south over open countryside with well-marked paths towards Peak Forest. The weather was mainly fine but a brief flurry of hail stones cut short the coffee stop, and a later episode of light rain conveniently stopped just before lunch in the shelter of the beech trees of Oxlow Rake. Heading northeast back towards Castleton, we then joined the Limestone Way, where Andy and Rosie peeled off to their Bradwell home, and the rest of us descended Cave Dale before excellent coffee/tea and cakes in a Castleton cafe. Yet again for most of us, at least some of the views and paths were new – always satisfying for the meet leader. Approx. 7 miles over 3 and 1/2 hours.
walk from Castleton – Thursday 27th March