|Looking down towards Edale.|
So I thought I'd quickly throw up an entry about my first real walk around the Edale "skyline." It was a great way to test just how enthusiastic I am about continuing what I've started to enjoy so much, and the day definitely didn't disappoint me. The views were excellent, I reached a new height and so did my enjoyment level, at the top of Kinder Scout...
We started off the day early, having to drive up to Edale from Derby, setting off at around 6.30am. We knew the day would be a long one, and wanted to give ourselves as much time as possible to take pictures and enjoy ourselves. Arriving in Edale at around 8.30/9.00am, we decided to get straight on with walking as the route we'd take was already decided.
|A very rough aerial view of our route.|
The climb to the top of The Nab to begin with, was definitely tougher than was expected. Having been disappointed that no cafe's were open until 10am, we had skipped breakfast. An amateur mistake! About half way up to the top, a hunting kestrel provided a much needed excuse to stop and take on some fluids and a sneaky chocolate bar. While we did stop though, it reminded me just how much wildlife id seen in my short time exploring the area so far. I was so engrossed in the views from the top of various hills, that I'd paid less attention to just what was around me. After about 10 minutes, we carried on up The Nab and on to the top of Ringing Roger. With the wind ripping all around, I decided to drop down onto a little shelf that was out of the wind so that I could look at my map for a minute. Just inside a crag in the rocks, I happened to find a Geo-cache box! Completely by coincidence. Being new to walking, I had no idea what it was to begin with. It was only when I'd gotten home and looked on the website that I realised what it was. After reading about them some more, and talking with some online friends, I may start to hunt for some more in the future.
After Ringing Roger, we carried on our way. One thing I decided that I wanted to see on this trip was Druid's Stone. Ever since I'd first looked at the OS map, it caught my eye, and I wanted to see just what it was. There aren't any pictures that I can find on the internet, so I went with the assumption that it was probably the largest flat-ish rock in the area.
That wasn't the final unexpected discovery of the day either. As we carried on along to Nether Tor, the rocks were taking more odd and interesting shapes. It is a wonder just how much the rain, wind, ice and snow can change such a hardy landscape. It provokes me to think about how much they have changed over the years, and how people would look upon them hundreds of years ago, whether they would know or imagine that they'd still be here now. As I clambered all over the rocks, as I tend to do, I noticed something catch the light. It was a plaque. A metal plaque that had been mounted and attached to the rock, and it read "Neil". That is all it said. Again, no idea what it was doing there. Perhaps it was a memorial of some sort? Has anyone else come across this before? Anyone have more info? Let me know...
|Nether Tor Neil.|
In the second half of the day, we wanted to get to Kinder Scout, possibly Kinder Downfall and then onwards round the top of the valley past Rushup Edge and to Mam Tor. Following the path westward towards Kinder from the top of Grindsbrook brought us to the Woolpacks. If the rocks of the Tors and provoked thought with me of how the landscape had looked in the past and the process of change it had gone through - the Woolpacks certainly got my mind whirring. As I looked around, I started to feel like I was on a completely different planet. The rocks made the landscape look similar to something out of an old Star Trek episode, not that I was expecting a group of aliens to come bouncing round the corner wearing 3 in 1 jackets of course.
Passing Crowden Tower and Pym Chair, there was a little bit of debate as to the reliability of my compass. Its become a little traditional joke already to argue that it isnt working anymore. We were trying to decide exactly where to summit of Kinder Scout was, and walked around for a while before deciding to head to the trig point of Kinder Low in the distance. The view from here just made my day. It was unreal. The expanse infront of us to the west, leading out to Manchester, and on the horizon; Snowdonia. Having lived in Manchester during my teenage years, and being so far away from there now, it felt strange being able to see it from where I was stood after only a few hours walking. It seemed so small looking down on it. So quiet. The complete opposite to what you think standing in the middle of Manchester city centre. Being able to see over to Snowdonia too just reinforced how high we were, and also how much I want to go to wales for some walking too!
|The view westward from Kinder Low.|
|The morning view across the valley from the foot of Mam Tor.|
|The view towards Lose Hill from The Nab.|
|The top of Ringing Roger.|