|Looking towards Edale Valley. The Great Ridge can be seen middle left of the photograph and Kinder Scout beyond.|
The day started very well. The sunrise was stunning, and I can't think of anything more encouraging for a days walking than the morning sun breaking through a barrier of dense, murky clouds. The morning was quite a murky one. Cloud hung lower than the UK's international credit rating, threatening to mask the approaching sunrise. Looking in all directions, all of the highest hills in the area still had a little covering of snow accompanied by invisible peaks behind the clag.
|The cloud eventually started to break, looking over the Vale of Edale to the Kinder Plateau.|
|The sun cast an inferno of light over the Hope Valley.|
|The Great Ridge spliced the light in an impressive way.|
|Deep snow on the side of Mam Tor.|
|The broken section of the A625, under Mam Tor.|
I took the opportunity to use the View Ranger app on my smartphone again for this walk. But again, I didn't use it for navigational purposes - only to map our route. Once again, the battery began to tire and I cut the mapping short. The map of the walk can be seen below:
We set off up Edale Road to take up the path that passes Fullwood Stile Farm and meets the Roman road, up and over Hope Brink. On the way up, we followed the path all the way up to the guidepost, doubled back on ourselves and then on towards Win Hill. The view from the guidepost to the west is probably my favourite that I have experienced thus far. Looking down into the Vale of Edale, you can see right to the western side and Brown Knoll etc. The Kinder Plateau looks tall and vast on your right to the north, and the Great Ridge sitting proud on your left to the south. I still find it hard to believe that I used to pass through the valley on the train, and I never realised just what was a stone's throw away. The view also gives you a taste of just how big and impressive the Peak District is.
|One of my favourite views in the Peak District. Especially when there is still a light covering of snow.|
|Approaching Win Hill, with Ladybower Reservoir in the distance.|
The other aspect of the view that impresses me is looking across in particular to Edale Valley/ The Great Ridge/ Kinder Scout. It just looks so bloody vast and huge! Despite the fact that it isn't really a mountain range in comparison to the Scaffells for example, it still feels like it is as tall and rugged and that it rightfully demands as much respect.
|The impressive, generally north westward view from Win Hill pike.|
|Lose Hill summit, with the sun shining down on Mam Tor in the distance.|
|Sometimes your foot would stay on top of the snow, other time it would plunge a couple of feet under.|