Lots of mud at Hayfield

Last Sunday I was out with Crosby Rambling Club when we visited Hayfield in the Peak District. The recent snow meant that conditions would be treacherous up on Kinder so all three groups settled for lower level walks. I chose the B party on a 9 mile walk with lots of variety.

45 Sett Valley Trail

We left Hayfield heading west along the Sett Valley Trail, the route of the former Hayfield – New Mills railway.

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We could enjoy the view looking down to the reservoir by the River Sett and across to Lantern Pike which we would soon be climbing.

47 Sett Valley Trail

After about a mile we reached a minor road and after just a few hundred yards of road walking we turned right to join the Pennine bridleway. The broad track may have looked tempting for some drivers in their off-road vehicles, but a sign pinned to a tree gave some useful advice.

48 Useful sign

We continued heading north but made a short diversion to climb Lantern Pike.

50 The climb up to Lantern Pike

It was only a short climb but we were ready for a rest at the top and a chance to take in the view looking across to Kinder which was half hidden in the mist.

53 The summit of Lantern Pike

We followed the Pennine Bridle way for another mile before branching off to the right towards Hollingworth Head farm and the Glossop Road. Crossing the road we followed a path across Middle Moor.

58 Across the moor

63 Gloomy conditions

It was getting a bit gloomy but at least it was not raining although it was a bit damp underfoot.

67 Damp underfoot

When we reached the Shooting Cabin we had to make a decision. The quick way back was to follow the Snake Path back into Hayfield but this would have made the walk too short. We decided to carry on to reach Kinder Reservoir and then return along the Kinder Road, it should only add on an extra mile!. It was well worth the effort with nice views looking down on the reservoir with snow capped Kinder in the background.

76 Kinder Reservoir

The path leading down to the reservoir was very steep and very muddy. Quite dangerous and not worth the risk. It was safer to carry on along the main path to the far end of the reservoir. This walk was going to be longer that we expected.

82 Middle Moor

The way back alongside the reservoir was easy to follow but very muddy.

87 Heavy going by Kinder Reservoir

Eventually we reached the Kinder Road for the final stretch back to Hayfield.

93 The final stretch

We had walked just over 9 miles, about right for a B party walk.

Back in Hayfield we had time to enjoy a drink. I went to the Kinder Lodge which had a good selection of real ales. I chose a pint of Abbots Ale, excellent.

94 Time to relax

It is now Tuesday and I am still trying to get my boots clean !

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Cairn on Twistleton Scar

Cairn on Twistleton Scar. Crosbyman66

This will be my entry in this weeks Monochrome Madness challenge run by Leanne Cole.

It was taken on Twistleton Scar in the Yorkshire Dales. A beautiful circular walk with views of Ingleborough and Whernside.

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It’s a bit Parky in Parkgate !

After several days of rain, sleet and snow it was a change to wake up to blue skies and sunshine, however it was a bit ‘parky’ as we set out for our walk at Parkgate on the Wirral. Parky is an expression that means ‘bitterly cold’

26 Parkgate Marshes

Parkgate is on the Wirral and is situated on the coastline of the River Dee. It became an important port from the beginning of the eighteenth century and was an embarkation port for Ireland. However as the Dee estuary continued to silt up the port became unusable and was eventually superseded by the port of Liverpool on the River Mersey. Nowadays there is just acres of marsh grass but the area is still popular with walkers and birdwatchers.

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We parked near the ‘Boathouse Inn’ and walked away from Parkgate with the marshes to, our left and the golf course on our right. After about a mile we turned right at ‘Gayton Cottage’ to walk down the road for a short distance before joining the Wirral Way.

28 Along the Wirral Way

The Wirral Way is an old railway track which passes through deep sandstone cuttings and along embankments. It provided several miles of easy walking. We were also out of the wind and it felt quite warm.

30 Through the cutting

Signs of Spring were all around us.

29 Springtime

We continued along the old railway track passing under several railway bridges.

36 The Wirral Way

We paused for lunch sitting on a log upon which there were several carvings.

37 Wood Carving

Close to Windle Hill we left the Wirral Way and joined another track and started to encounter mud.

40 Muddy Track

We skirted an housing estate and headed towards the coast. So far the walk had been straightforward and we were making good time. We had to pass under the main railway line but as we approached the bridge we could see water in the dip beneath the bridge. We tested the depth with a stick but it was way too deep. We had to backtrack and find another way round, adding another mile to our walk.

43 More Mud

Soon we were back on the edge of the marsh and the way was very muddy. Often we had to leave the path and find a way through the marsh with the chest high reeds waving in our face.

44 Through the marsh

Back in Parkgate we headed for the Boathouse Inn for some refreshments. I ordered a pot of tea. No tea bags here. I had a nice teapot and a tea strainer. I had not seen one of those for years.

Suitably refreshed we headed back home. We had walked 10 miles and had an enjoyable day out.

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Ghostly

Last night I was in an old churchyard. A ghostly figure was beckoning me towards her.

I was terrified.

Then I woke up.

It had all been a bad dream.

Ghostly

I blame it on too much red wine and cheese !

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Windmill at Lacey Green

Windmill at Lacey Green

The windmill at Lacey Green can be found in the Chilterns near Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire.

The windmill which dates from around 1650 is one of the oldest Smock Mills in the country. By 1970 it was in a bad state of repair but has since been fully restored.

I have now converted the image to monochrome which I will probably use in one of Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness challenges.

Does it work?

Windmill at Lacey Green. Crosbyman66

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Muddy boots in Settle.

014 Muddy Boots

Yesterday I was out with Crosby Rambling Club when we visited Settle.  I led the B walk. The snow and freezing temperatures that I encountered on the reccee a week ago had all gone but were replaced with gale force winds and lots of mud.

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We left Settle to walk through Giggleswick before starting to climb up towards a deep quarry.

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After skirting the quarry we headed off on a track along Giggleswick Scar. As we gained height we felt the full force of the wind which at times threatened to blow us over. I had 21  walkers in my group and it took us some time to get over some of the awkward stiles.

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At an intersection of paths, a finger post directed us down to the hamlet of Feizor. Soon we were climbing another stile to follow the Dales High Way across limestone moorland to reach Little Stainforth.

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Passing through the village we followed the narrow road to reach Stainforth Bridge, an old packhorse bridge built in the 17th century.

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Here we left the road to pass through a gap stile and join the path alongside the River Ribble. We paused by the spectacular Stainforth Force. After the recent snow and rain it was looking even more powerful.

003 Stainforth Force

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This section of the walk was very muddy and there were several obstacles along the way.

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At the weir I stopped to take more photos, playing around with a range of shutter speeds.

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We now left the river to join the road at Stackhouse where I spotted a couple of unusual signs.

021 Warning

022 Weather Foercast

All that remained now was an easy stroll back to Settle where we could seek out refreshments. Several of us chose ‘The Lion’ where they served a good choice of beers. I opted for a pint of Lancaster Bomber. Just what I needed at the end of the walk.

Distance – 9 miles.

Ascent – 1600 ft.

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Brimstone Butterfly

Brimstone Butterfly feeding 2

This was the image that I entered in the monthly competition at my local camera club. It was taken with my little Lumix Camera and shows a Brimstone Butterfly feeding.

For once the judge liked it and it came second. A rare success.

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