Day 26 - Edale to Crowden

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

"Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day! We have a beautiful feeling, everything's going our way!" We set off relatively early from Edale Youth Hostel making our way west up the Edale valley to Upper Booth. The previous 2 days we had walked across the broken limestone of the White Peak but from now on the Dark Peak offers a contrast with the higher gritstone hills of Kinder scout, Bleaklow and Black Hill The moorland is rough and barren with a blanket of peat which has been contoured by the wind into weird shaped tors. We were now starting our days walking on the Pennine Way. Having moved on past Upper Booth we made our way up onto the Kinder escarpment via Jacob's Ladder, turning left at the top the Pennine Way hugs the edge of the escarpment and onwards to Kinder Downfall. The weather was fantastic, with a bright blue sky and distant views of Greater Manchester and the village of Hayfield could be seen very clearly. Hayfield was the location where the celebrated Kinder Scout mass trespass departed in 1932. This consisted of a large number of working class ramblers protesting for freedom of access to the private grouse moors of the Pennines. They were certainly very brave and provided us with the freedom to roam which we have today.
Moving onwards it was a long trudge along paved slabs to reach the desolate Snake Pass, the main Glossop to Sheffield road. Crossing the road we moved onto the Bleaklow plateau, a high and featureless mass of moorland, cloughs and marsh. Even though it was good weather we ensured we stayed in touch with the map and the GPS. It was only when we met Chris later in the day, when we had 2 GPSs and a map, that we made a route finding error. (Too much talking, not enough navigating!) We soon rectified our mistake though. We continued our journey down off Bleaklow to the Torside Reservoir and onward to Crowden youth hostel where Chris had parked the car.
It was a fantastic 3 days and we loved the harsh landscape of Kinder and Bleaklow.
In 4 more days' walking we will be half way along our Land's End to John O'Groats journey. Yippee!!
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