|View from Whinstone Lee Tor, towards Wheel Stones.|
The day had started out as an overnight trip with a wild camp on Derwent Moor near to Wheel Stones, but the wind more than put paid to that idea. It was relatively strong all day, especially on Bamford Moor. But once on Derwent Moor, it was something else! I felt like my tent wouldnt really stand up to the constant barage, because I couldn't myself. It disappointed me; so I shall write this as if it was always going to be the one days walking. ;)
I started this, as I seem to start all my walks, by missing my intended train from Derby to Sheffield. Not only that, but there was another twist to the shoddy organisation. I left my compass behind. A really bad idea if you're planning on heading across moorland or if the weather is due to be bad in terms of visibility. As I would be staying mainly to 'edges' it wasn't as big an issue (though I would have rather had it with me).
After eventually getting off the train at Bamford, I began towards Bamford village and then north east taking the footpath through Bamford Clough. The path is very clear and easy to find and follow, but it is pretty steep. Not too dissimilar from the path up to Win Hill from Yorkshire Bridge, although it is paved with cobbles rather than boulders and tree roots. Once at the top of this path, I came out onto New Road. If you were to follow the road in a general northward direction, you would eventually come to Ladybower Reservoir and if you were to follow in a general southward direction, you could come just below Stanage Edge.
|The view over to Win Hill from the path through Bamford Clough.|
|On Bamford Edge.|
While walking along Bamford Edge, I saw a couple of groups of people. One seemed to be some sort of school or youth group. They were all thoroughly enjoying themselves - great to see. The highlight of Bamford edge is always the view from opposite Win Hill, down on to Ladybower Reservoir. There is so much to be seen from here. Stanage Edge can be seen behind you, but the best view is definitely out over to Ladybower. It certainly is one of my favourite views.
|My favourite Peak District view.|
|The track that leads to Cutthroat Bridge.|
Picking up the path across the bridge, there are good views back across to Hordron Edge, and Stanage Edge beyond that. In these fields, there was alot of cotton grass. Rather disappointingly, I couldn't get a good enough picture of it. This more than made up for Cutthroat Bridge. Pressing onwards, I arrived at Whinstone Lee Tor. Here, the wind was insane. At times, I could barely stand. Trying to take photographs was a definite hardship. The views down onto Ladybower Reservoir were again - excellent. Due to that fact, this became my dinner spot. An hour or so went by while sitting here, wind never really dying down.
|Another view down onto Ladybower Reservoir.|
|Looking towards Wheel Stones.|
As I said, I was (and still am) disappointed about deciding against camping. I wish I would have braved it now, broken tent or not. But nevermind. Another day.
Here are a couple more pictures from the day;
|On the path through Bamford Clough.|
|The view from "New Road."|
|Looking back down into Bamford.|
|On Bamford Edge.|
|Probably the bluest sky of the day.|
|Looking over to Crook Hill.|
|My newest piece of kit, a Water-To-Go filter bottle.|