Saturday 28th April 2007

 

It was quite a surprise to find that it was over a year since we had visited this side of Kinder Scout and we couldn't have picked a better day for it. As the weather was so good we decided to try to avoid the crowds by choosing the less popular routes on and off Kinder Scout and heading across the moor rather than simply sticking to the popular path around the edge. The route up via the path next to Lady Booth Brook was one we had done before and involves a little bit of scrambling. The route down via Crowden Clough was new to us and although steep at the top it is relatively simple, as long as you don't mind crossing the brook a few times.

 

Start: Edale car park (SK 1240 8531)

 

Route: Edale car park - Lady Booth Brook - Madwoman's Stones - Edale Moor (TP) - Grinds Brook - Crowden Clough
            - Edale car park

 

Distance: 8.75 miles     Ascent: 614 metres     Time Taken: 6 hours 30 minutes 

 

Weather: Sunshine and blue sky with a strong breeze but warm when out of the wind.

 

Pub visited: The Green House, Belper      Ale Drunk: Charles Wells, Bombardier

Route Map

 

Mam Tor & Rushup Edge

Mam Tor and Rushup Edge as we follow the footpath, along the Vale of Edale, to Edale Youth Hostel.

 

The sign might make some people worry .........................

 

............... but experience has taught us that the bulls usually resemble lambs or sheep.

 

Lady Booth Brook

Heading up the path next to Lady Booth Brook. 
The area where some scrambling is needed is just above the trees.

 

Lady Booth Brook, Lose Hill & Back Tor

Looking back down the clough after the scramble was completed.
Lose Hill and Back Tor in the background.

 

Mam Tor

A close up of Mam Tor, showing the defensive bank and ditch which date back to the Bronze Age.

 

Madwoman's Stones

Madwoman's Stones come into view. 
I'm sure there must be a story behind the name but I haven't come across it yet.

 

Higher Shelf Stones

The views from Madwoman's Stones are quite extensive. 
Here looking north-west towards Lower and Higher Shelf Stones. 

 

Howden & Derwent Edges

North-east gives a view of Howden and Derwent Edges.

 

Win Hill

Looking south-east brings Win Hill and Stanage Edge into view.

 

Edale Moor

From Madwoman's Stones we headed across Edale Moor to the trig
where the views changed again as Grindslow Knoll came into sight.

 

Ringing Roger

From the trig we headed back towards the edge of Kinder Scout to join up with the masses as we reached the top of Golden Clough.
Here looking back at Ringing Roger with the Mam Tor ridge behind.

 

Grindsbrook Clough

Looking in the opposite direction.
Our route will take us along the edge to the top of Grindsbrook Clough.

 

Fox Holes & Grindsbrook Clough

A close-up of the top of Grindsbrook Clough..

 

Upper Tor

Upper Tor in the foreground, with Nether Tor and Ringing Roger behind.

 

Grindsbrook Clough

The view from the top of Grindsbrook Clough, a great scramble up or down.

 

Crowden Clough

Crowden Clough.

 

Grindslow Knoll

Looking back at Grindslow Knoll from the top of Crowden Clough.

 

Crowden Brook

Crowden Brook, which we crossed several times as we made our way down the clough.

 

Crowden Clough

Looking back up Crowden Clough the shot was taken because of the cloud above Crowden Tower.

 

Crowden Clough

Looking back up Crowden Clough, the top is not quite as steep as it looks from here.

 

Nether Tor & Ringing Roger

The start of the Pennine Way and a final look at Ringing Roger and Nether Tor.

 

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