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ianj37

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Kinder Scout
« on: September 01, 2012, 02:34:09 PM »
Ok, so this is a report of a day trip to Kinder Scout last week. A day of sun and cloud and sun and cloud and.....

My apologies as I suspect this is too long and there are too many pictures, but me and picture taking is the same as monkeys and typewriters - they thought that given enough monkeys and typewriters Shakespeare could be recreated, I think the more pictures I take the greater chance of getting a good one so I have laods.

I use a SatMap GPS and the battery is normally well over half full having been on all day but without the screen having been used that much. SatMap's digital mapping programme allows a photo to be taken of the PC screen and below is a picture of the downloaded trail from the day.



I started in Edale and the route was Grindsbrook Clough, path of the Grinds Brook to Wove Hill, across the Kinder Plateau to Seal Edge, around the north side of the plateau, back across the plateau to Kinder Downfall and than back to Edale on the Pennine Way about 12 miles in all.

First view of the Kinder Plateau (or more correctly Edale Moor) from near the Fieldhead Information Centre



Grindsbrook Clough starts off very sedately:



But soon gets a bit tougher





In 2011 the National Trust announced that it was to put a fence around Kinder Scout to prevent damage by sheep grazing and work on this is now well underway. There are frequent gates or stiles so it doesn't present that much of a problem to walkers.



The most commonly used route to the plateau is straight up Grindsbrook Clough but I diverted near the top to follow the path of the Grinds Brook which is protected on either side by rocks known as the Grindsbrook Towers



I don't know whether this route counts as real scrambling but I certainly had to use my hands to pull up over seriously high rocks. The problem with walking on my own is that there often isn't any one in my pictures to give a bit a scale but the rocks below were about 8 feet high.



My only problem was that I'm sure I've read somewehere that in a random structure like this there is one piece ( the king pin) which holds it all together, so what if I dislodged it and brought the whole lot down!

Met some people at the top who sorted of wondered why I didn't use footpaths?



There's a good view from this height ( 590m)



So I'm now on Edale Moor and following the path of the Grinds Brook



First thing I came across was the site of a shooting cabin known as '4 Jacks Cabin'



Apparently the original cabin fell into disrepair but was still needed for shooting and the four people sent to repair it were all called Jack, hence 4 Jacks Cabin.

Then on to Wove Hill. Actually Wove Hill isn't much of a hill at all. The little tiny bump on the horizon only about 10 - 20m higher than the surrounding land.


Near the summit of Wove Hill is the remains of a Dragon Rapide plane which crashed on 30th December 1963.



The story is that the plane had been carrying out a photographic survey and got caught in down draught. All those on-board survived.
One good thing about Wove Hill is that navigation is fairly easy - you can still see where you've come from -



Solitary lunch, not a single person around, and then off to Seal Edge. Two things to note:

1) I found a compass on some rocks near Seal Edge - if it's yours let me know and I'll send it to you.

2) Those who haven't been on to Kinder/Edale Moor this year will remeber it as very brown

 

But thanks to the work of the Moors for the Future Partnership, aided a little I guess by the rain, it's all going green as the seeded grass regenerates.



My only problem was that the grass appears very vulnerable as it's effectively in mud so rightly or wrongly I chose to go round it rather than through it and uproot it which took an age!

Heading West now along the path on 'The Edge'.



Below - towards Black Ashop Moor and the River Ashop


At Upper Red Brook (actually all the brooks are red because of the peat so why some have 'red' in their name I really don't know)


I turned in land and headed for the 624 Trig point where again the regeneration of grass is going a pace.



The new fence now stands between me and the Pennine Way back to Edale. Interesting point- all the gates and stiles have a number and a grid reference on them-



Now, on the Pennine Way back to Edale, first stop Kinder Downfall - unfortunately not much of a downfall this time of year despite all the rain.




Kinder Reservoir and Mermaid's Pool below, Mermaids Pool where apparently if you go and sit on the bank every Easter Sunday and a mermaid appears you get everlasting life!



Next main stop is Kinder Low and the 633 Trig Point -




Now on to Jacob's Ladder and back to Edale.






I hope this is of interest.









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Re: Kinder Scout
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2012, 02:55:52 PM »
Hi Ian, this is one of my favorite walks, especially in winter when covered in snow, its a totally different place
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2012, 07:49:18 PM »
Hi Ian, what a great report - and as an amateur photographer I loved the pics. Brings back lots of memories of times on Kinder. It's a place I really love to go to, but sadly don't get there as often as I would like to. The pics almost made me feel like I was there - excellent, thank you. :)

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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2012, 09:45:31 PM »
Really really nice, also the pictures, sharp as can be, amazing.
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Re: Kinder Scout
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2012, 09:26:29 AM »
Been up there a couple of times myself but not by that route.  Thanks for the memories. 
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Re: Kinder Scout
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2012, 11:22:36 AM »
Ian do not apologies your trip report is perfect, It is exactly what I think what a trip report should be, it puts other trip reports to shame.

Ian have set the bar for the rest of you with your trip reports ;) lol
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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2012, 11:30:58 AM »
I have only been up there once but I loved it. I must go back oneday.
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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2012, 05:21:07 PM »
Enjoyable to read, and the pictures are truely lovely.  It's so different from what we have!

Thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2012, 01:48:36 PM »
Ian, what an inspirational trip report. An area I have not walked, but will now after your brilliant report;
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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2012, 07:39:00 PM »
Thanks for all the postive comments, I'm very flattered.
Those who said they should go back or try Kinder for the first time - you should I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

More trip reports to come over the next few months, as a now retired but still active chap the Peak District is my oyster!

Ian
« Last Edit: September 15, 2012, 04:46:59 AM by Lyle Brotherton »