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.
We left Hayfield heading west along the Sett Valley Trail, the route of the former Hayfield – New Mills railway.
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.
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.
We continued heading north but made a short diversion to climb 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.
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.
It was getting a bit gloomy but at least it was not raining although it was a bit 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.
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.
The way back alongside the reservoir was easy to follow but very muddy.
Eventually we reached the Kinder Road for the final stretch back to Hayfield.
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.
It is now Tuesday and I am still trying to get my boots clean !