Saturday 12th May 2012

 

I gave John the option of where to go today and he picked Mam Tor, the last place I would want to go on a weekend or Bank Holiday, so I picked a route that would allow us to visit Mam Tor and then escape the crowds by heading for one of the quieter parts of the Peak District, Brown Knoll.

 

Start: Edale car park (SK 1238 8533) 

 

Route: Edale car park - Hollins Cross - Mam Tor (TP) - Rushup Edge - Brown Knoll (TP) - Kinder Scout
            - Grindslow Knoll - Edale car park

 

Distance: 10.5 miles     Ascent: 641 metres     Time Taken: 6 hours

 

Terrain: Good paths and moor land.

 

Weather: Sunny but with a cold edge to the wind.

 

Pub visited: The Nags Head, Edale      Ale Drunk: Otter Ale, Otter Brewery

Route Map

 

Ollerbrook Clough

Looking up Ollerbroook Clough just before we take the footpath to Hollins Cross.

 

Lose Hill & BackTor

Lose Hill and Back Tor from the footpath to Hollins Cross.

 

Mam Tor

Mam Tor from Hollins Cross and the path looks busy.

 

Great Ridge

Looking back along the ridge as we near Mam Tor's summit.

 

Rushup Edge

Rushup Edge from Mam Tor's very busy summit.

 

Mam Tor

Looking back to a busy Mam Tor from a quiet Rushup Edge.

 

Vale of Edale

The head of the Vale of Edale and most of the second half of today's route is in view.

 

Rushup Edge

Looking back along Rushup Edge.

 

Brown Knoll

Heading across the boggy Brown Knoll. After all the slabs on the path to Brown Knoll
 last week I quite enjoyed the bog hopping we had to do across here.

 

Lose Hill

Whilst heading across Brown Knoll we found a sheltered spot out of
 the cold wind and away from the path for lunch with a view. 

 

Brown Knoll's summit

I was glad I had already visited Brown Knoll's trig as it wasn't easily accessible today.
 I tried to get round to the other side for a shot that wasn't into the sun but
 gave up after three attempts, the bog was well spread out.

 

Vale of Edale

Crossing the Jacob's Ladder Path we headed onto Kinder with
 a view back down the valley towards Mam Tor.

 

Brown Knoll

Brown Knoll as we head onto Kinder.

 

Kinder

Our route around the edges will take us to the distant Grindsbrook Knoll.

 

Noe Stool

Approaching Noe Stool with the Pagoda the and Pym's Chair away to the right.

 

Noe Stool

Noe Stool.

 

Woolpacks

Weaving our was through the Woolpacks took more time than I remembered it taking before.

 

Grindsbrook Clough

Rather than take the shortcut to Grindsbrook Knoll we headed for the
 top of Grindsbrook for a view down Grindsbrook Clough.

 

Grindsbrook Knoll

Heading for Grindsbrook Knoll.

 

Grindsbrook Clough

A final look back to the head of Grindsbrook.

 

Ringing Roger

Ringing Roger from the descent of Grindsbrook Knoll.

 

Messages on the path. We didn't find out if it was the location for a party or a message
 to the people who are working on the path along Grindsbrook Knoll.

 

Mam Tor

Mam Tor and Rushup Edge as we make the final descent into Edale.

 

Time for a well earned drink I think.

 

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