Meet Report Sunday 11th April 2021

Two groups set off from Lodge Moor on a bright but cold morning. We entered a small plantation, once the location for a WWII prisoner of war camp and where the remnants of huts are still clearly visible. Soon we were ascending steep fields to Rud Hill, which afforded far reaching views towards Kinder and Derwent Edges, noting a blanket of snow that had fallen overnight. Following a new path for many, we headed for White Stones, where some large rocks provided an excellent hot drink stop. Onward we continued, descending to the shores of Redmires Reservoir and then across Access Land to the picturesque Oaking Clough Reservoir, Here we basked in the sunshine and explored the attractive but deteriorating water works building. This was cut short by a burst of hail so we packed up and escaped along the Redmires conduit before crossing Ash Cabin Flats towards Wyming Brook. Taking the top path, we stopped for a short investigation of an extensive cave, where purportedly, two escaped prisoners of war hid out. Crossing Wyming Brook via the stepping stones we then headed along the the high path of Fox Hagg back towards the cars. One group (mine) overshot the last turn off at the back of the Three Merry Lads pub, so completed a total of 9 miles, whilst Andrew’s group completed 8.5 miles. Overall, a very successful walk, with everyone commenting on how they enjoyed seeing lots of CMC members for a good old catch-up!

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