Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Mam Tor

On Saturday 22/6/13 we did a smaller walk than planned as i wasn't very well, but still a great walk. We walked Mam Tor 517 m (1,696 ft) hill near Castleton in the High Peak of Derbyshire. The Name Mam Tor means Mother Hill, it was named this because of landslips on its eastern face that have created many mini hills beneath it. We had glorious weather with views of Edale Valley, Winnats Pass, Rushup Edge, Losehill Pike, Lords Seat & Jacobs Ladder.

Sean @ the top of Mam Tor with a view of Lords Seat behind him

Thursday, 20 June 2013

update for our week in the lakes

we have decided to walk Haystacks while we are on our week away in the lakes, although it is not the biggest at only 597 m, 1,958 ft it was one of Alfred Wainwright's favorites and the place he wanted his ashes scattered, it is a must that we walk it :)

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

330 days

Only 330 days till we set off on our 3rd coast to coast :)

A week in the lake district

Setting off to the Lakes for a week on the 8th of July to do some mountain walking, one of the fells we will be walking is Old Man Coniston, which lies to the west of the village of Coniston and is 2,634 feet (803 m) high another we will be walking is Skiddaw which lies just north of the town of Keswick With a summit at 931 m (3,054 ft) above sea level it is the fourth highest mountain in England. Neither me or Sean have walked these yet so really excited. We will be walking more but not certain which yet so will keep you informed.

This Saturdays circular walk

Again we will be doing a circular walk in the peak district this Saturday the walk i have chosen is Monsal Head, Cressbrook Dale & Foolow.We start the walk at Monsal Head car park-Viaduct and Monsal Trail - Cressbrook Dale -Wardlow Mires -Stanley House - Grindlow - Longstone Moor - Little Longstone back to Monsal Head. The walk is 9.5 miles and should take about 4.5 hours. The start is a famous view point overlooking the spectacular Monsal Head & viaduct along the way we walk through woodland, wide grassy sections in the upper part of the dale, through pretty villages, the open moorland of Longstone Moore where we will see views of Kinder behind and the rolling hills of the white peak ahead. Cant wait but if the weather is bad i may leave Sean to do the Navigation

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Sarah's email

Hi everyone, just to let you know if you need to email me its redtink@live.co.uk, it can get a bit confusing on here :)

Monday, 3 June 2013

Practice walk plans

Got a new circular walk book yesterday for the Yorkshire dales and found a perfect practise walk for C2C 10.5 miles (17km) starting in Gunnerside going through Muker & Keld and past the desolate ruins of Crackpot Hall, this walk includes part of the Pennine Way and more important part of the C2C This walk has a little bit of everything from field walking, river walking, high level walking, waterfalls, views of all the dales, woodland, Mining remains, strenuous climbs, Moorland and Valley walking, i cant think of anything more you could want for a days walking 

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Bakewell circular walk

Had an amazing walk today, was very pleased that i did the navigating for the first time and didn't get us lost, might have to finally learn how to read a map! As we left the car park on moor lane (a very narrow very quiet road) we made our way over to the first field of the day, walking past a little ice cream vendor i was very tempted but was a bit early in the walk, but it looked really nice. Heading through the first field looking over a never ending view of fields i started to panic as the only thing i could see was fields of cows, I'm not good with cows, but as i saw the calf's my heart melted and felt more comfortable.

We soon approached Low Moor Wood and back onto fields all along we had amazing views above the dales.We then hit the steep lime stone steps down into Cale Dale (was glad it wasn't wet, would have been a bit tricky if it had been) we walked back up the steep and rocky path on the other side which took us below the limestone cliffs where again the views were amazing, under the cliffs you feel very small.
Limestone Cliffs

We then head on through some farms passing a cave that may have been used for cooling cheese (it now has a statue of the baby Jesus, Mary & Joseph inside) we then pass medieval piggeries, in this little area there is a barn with a freezer that has ice cream in and an honesty box, which is a very welcome little surprise on a hot day like today. we then enter The National trust fern dale area and head towards Monyash, where there is a lovely little cafe Sean had a chip muffin and coffee and i had a bowl of what seemed like a never ending chips and a tea, i was very pleased to see a public toilet there as well as about 10 Min's down the route. As we carry on with the walk we were back on the fields as we head for Lathkill Dale we start off this part of the walk on a wide grass path, then becoming a narrow rocky path with steep limestone cliffs, we passed a large cavern from which the river Lathkill flows after periods of heavy rain, the path gets wider from here and moor wooded, walking by the river for 3 miles was very peaceful and beautiful. we walked past an interesting building (part of anyway) called Bateman's house a lead mine,home to James Bateman, the agent for Lathkill Mines in the 1840s. Its most unusual feature is that it is built directly over a deep lead mineshaft. the building has been made safe and will not suffer further deterioration and visitors can safely explore it.
Bateman's House

At the end of the river we start to follow a steep track up towards Meadow Place Grange and carry on through the fields back towards the car park, unfortunately the ice cream vendor was no longer near the car park, but i know that next time i should either get one at the start or set off earlier :)