Saturday 16th April 2011

 

A rare walk on a weekend saw us walking through the relatively crowded Wolfscote Dale until eventually we found some peace and quiet in the less popular How Narrowdale. 

 

Start: Milldale car park (SK 1362 5476) 

 

Route: Milldale car park - Wolfscote Dale - How Narrowdale - Alstonefield - Milldale car park

 

Distance: 6.75 miles     Ascent: 342 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 5 minutes

 

Terrain: Clear and easy paths.

 

Weather: Warm but generally overcast.

 

Pub visited: The George, Alstonefield      Ale Drunk: Brakspear, Oxford Gold

Route Map

 

Mill Dale

The river Dove as it flows through Mill Dale.

 

Wolfscote Dale

Entering Wolfscote Dale.

 

Wolfscote Dale

Despite what the pictures might suggest I have never seen Wolfscote Dale
 as busy as it was today and it was quiet compared to Dove Dale.

 

Heron

This heron sat on the opposite bank to the path quite determined
 to ignore the crowds and firmly keeping his back towards us.

 

Wolfscote Dale

Following the path alongside the river.

 

Iron Tors

Iron Tors come into view.

 

 By Coldeaton Bridge

The white blossom close to Coldeaton Bridge stood out today.

 

Wolfscote Dale

Daffodils were a frequent sight alongside the path.

 

Daffodil

One carefully taken close-up.

 

Biggin Dale

The limestone outcrop at the entrance to Biggin Dale.

 

Peaseland Rocks

Peaseland Rocks, the best view is in the opposite direction
 but the sun was in the wrong place for that shot.

 

Wolfscote Dale

The scree is a sign that, when walked in this direction,
 you are nearing the end of Wolfscote Dale.

 

Caves

The caves at the end of Wolfscote Dale.

 

Narrowdale Hill

Narrowdale Hill as we leave the crowds behind and head towards Alstonefield.

 

Carder Low

Carder Low in the distance from How Narrowdale.

 

How Narrowdale

Looking back to How Narrowdale. It was here that we came across a lost waterproof coat. 
We debated what to do with it and hopefully got it back to its rightful owner but I remain 
unimpressed with the emergency contact numbers the D of E party were given, not one of 
whom answered when we rang or has since replied to the text messages I sent them.
 What would you have done in our situation?  Add your views to the discussion

 

 

Narrowdale Hill

Looking across to Narrowdale Hill from the top of the dale.

 

Mill Dale

Looking across Mill Dale and Shining Tor, just before we make
 the steep descent back down to Milldale.

 

Previous walk Stanage Edge 12th April 2011<>Next walk East Moor 20th April 2011

 

 

 

 

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