Peaks


We had a super weekend with our friends Danny & Malcolm. They picked us up just before six on Friday and we headed north, stopping at the Ram Jam for dinner. I’ve driven past countless times, but never stopped. It turns out that they do good bistro food with reasonably rapid service, serving up smoked haddock on a bed of spinach with hollandais and pan fried new potatoes, spoiled only by the gallon of melted butter in the bottom of the plate. We found our way through Sheffield and reached The Rambler Inn in Edale by 10pm. The barman was a little sniffy about two male couples booking in to two double rooms, but perhaps he was just being cautious as in his words, he didn’t want us “to kick off when we saw the double beds”. Time for a pint at the Nag’s Head and one back at the Rambler before bed.

Saturday morning was very cold, but with blue skies and frost everywhere, very beautiful and excellent walking weather. We spent the day walking a wonderful 14 mile circuit (see Graham’s fab map):

  • Up Grinds Brook onto Kinder Scout
  • Along the ridge past Crowden Tower and Edale Head
  • A quick diversion (and brief passage on the Pennine Way) to Edale Cross
  • Over Brown Knoll and Horsehill Tor
  • Along Rushup Edge, stopping at Lord’s Seat for lunch with fabulous views over Edale
  • Down into Mam Nick and up Mam Tor, where there were paragliders finding some lift
  • Via Hollins Cross and the lone pine on Back Tor to Lose Hill
  • And finally backtracking to Hollins Cross before descending to Edale

Graham took some wonderful pictures. The only dark cloud, figuratively and literally, was Danny’s encounter with a boghole almost to one hip, which caused him to wrench his other knee. Fortunately he was fine to continue the walk.

The next trick was to combine a well-earned drink with not falling asleep before dinner, managed by taking a quick nap inbetween! Food was plentiful but not startling and rather expensive.

On Sunday morning Danny’s knee was quite sore, so we abandoned plans for a morning walk. Graham and I nipped up the first mile of the Pennine Way while Danny & Malcolm packed, and we drove off via Mam Tor to the Blue John Caverns, arriving at opening time only to be told that ‘electrical problems’ would delay opening for an hour. So onwards via Winnats Pass to Matlock Bath for a trip up the cable car to the Heights of Abraham. Or so we thought. Closed until February. We sought solace in coffee, hot choclate and Bakewell Puddings, and headed gently home.

It was lovely to get out into some real countryside for some real walking, and to revisit my old stomping ground from when I lived in Derby. Many thanks to Malcolm and Danny for organising a great weekend.

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    August 18, 2006 @ 10:03 pm

    […] We had a long drive up, broken by a good meal stop at the Ram Jam Inn for dinner. Malcolm did well to drive all the way in the dark. The roads were icy when we got to the Rambler Inn in Edale, and the temperature was around -6°C On Saturday we managed a 14 mile walk around Kinder Scout, which Michael has described wonderfully on Three sheets to the wind: Peaks, so I don’t need to go over that here. There are also photo’s from my photo gallery. We set off rather early, and there was no-where to buy lunch. Luckily Michael and I hadn’t eaten any of the courtesy welcome biscuits and Danny was able to make some jam sandwiches out of the left-over breakfast toast. With this, along with some trail mic, cereal bars, fruit and and old snicker bar from the bottom of Danny’s day-sack, we were able to enjoy a decent lunch. The scenery was wonderful and I was fascinated by the way the low sun, was melting all the frost on the south-facing slopes, whilst the north-facing slopes kept a really heavy frost. The smaller streams were frozen and the peat was nice and firm (except in one place where Danny put his leg through, injuring his knee). Danny and Malcolm were great company, and we share a love of good beer and food. The beer and food in Edale were a bit variable at this time of year, which is definitely low season. Everywhere we went had real ale, which was excellent, and hearty food too. On Sunday we went to Matlock Bath, where I enjoyed a very nice Bakewell Pudding, with custard. […]

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