Start/Finish at Edale
Highest point: Kinder, Crowdens Tower, 619m
Distance: circa 16 kms
Weather: Low cloud/dull
Vertical altitude gain: circa 650m
Time: 6 hrs 30 mins
“You deserve a quick break after that” said my leader, as we reached the top of Ringing Roger. “So let's stop and have a banana”. Banana breaks are what Sunny likes when leading walks, so we took five and sat amongst the summit rocks munching our healthy snack.
Ups and downs but not yet the deep wet and sticky peat that was to follow. We reached the cliff that overlooked the top of the right fork scrambly bit up from Grindsbrook Clough. Definitely looks more demanding than the "standard" route up from the Clough to the Kinder Plateau.
"Come on Yeti. Steep bits behind us now. Get to top and we can have lunch". What better incentive for me to pick up my pace! So lunch was taken sitting on the rocks overlooking the normal climb up from Grindsbrook Clough. Then it was off onto squidgy black peat, followed by a track through a very dense cloud base.
We walked on in the blowing mist over new track works from the N.T: much needed in the badly damaged peat. As we started our descent we got below the cloudbase, and onto Jacob’s Ladder. Tiring work, but Sunny almost danced down in zig zags. “You on Strictly Come Dancing next year?” I thought, “you’d win it if you were!”.
Then we were in the valley and heading to Edale. I stepped out with a grin, all hard work over now.....or so I thought! “Remember that sting in tail Yeti?” said my still ever so fresh looking Sunny walk leader. Horror of horrors. I‘d forgotten we had to climb a small hill under Broadlee-bank Tor, behind Upper Booth Farm. “But what’s a small uphill slog after such a lovely two days walking?“ I thought. “Hard on bluddy legs!” was the reply to myself.....but I did it ok! The last gentle descent back to Edale was lovely in the late afternoon light, as was the drive back through such a wonderful UK walking area. Relaxed, I reflected on another outstanding two days of Peak District walking. Thank you Sunny.