Day 51 - Take My Breath Away
Trip Start Sep 06, 2009
83Trip End Jun 07, 2010
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A steep climb up to the summit of Bleaklow Head and then onto open moorland to the high ridge of Kinder Downfall and Kinder Low. Kinder Downfall should be a spectacular waterfall where the water is sometimes blown up into a funnel by the wind but at the moment it's bone dry!
These hills occupy an important place in the history of English walking as this area was the scene of the "mass trespasses" of the 1930s when walkers from the northern industrial towns below massed to demand "the right to roam" on the private moorland estates of the Peaks. The idea of the Pennine Way was born from this movement, as was the concept of "Access Land" that we have in England today
After the dramatic gritstone ridges, the way finally drops down the steep Jacob's Ladder path and into the softer valley and fields below to lead to Edale and the end of the Pennine Way at The Old Nag's Head pub. It's a striking end to the walk and, for me, more dramatic than the bleak moorland near the Border Fence that greets most Pennine Way walkers who walk the route south to north. It also explains why most of the walkers I saw yesterday, who were on their second day of the trail looked so exhausted!
So it's farewell to the Pennine Way and onto the softer limestone landscapes of the White Peak area tomorrow.
What made me smile today:
The end of the Pennine Way!
The numerous walkers who've been telling me that I'm "almost at the end". Well, sort of...