We decided to try to fit in another Peak District walk before the weather really turns south. Sunday was looking better than Saturday but Saturday didn't look too bad so we thought we'd give it a try.
The starting point was Castleton which is about an hour away. We went to Castleton a year ago to visit Perevil Castle and explore a few caves (link) but this time was all about walking/hiking.
The walk we did is in the lower right. The longer walk to Kinder Scout that Nicole and I did a few week back (link) is in blue in the upper left. This is on the other side of the Edale valley and one that I mapped out myself -- a first! I like getting up on the ridge and looking down into the valleys so I thought this one would be good for views into both the Edale and Hope valleys on either side.
The walk was 6.1 miles and took us 3:52 of which 2:55 was actual walking. A slower pace than normal but you'll see why. I did pretty well with the route with the exception of the bit towards the end where the track and route aren't aligned (pink and cyan) -- pretty sure we were walking through some private property there (oops).
We had a decent climb (1000' low to high, 1550' altogether) but it was fairly gradual. We missed the highest peak (Mam Tor) but I didn't want to kill the troops. The 3 peaks along the ridge at the 3-4 mile point are Hollins Cross, Black Tor, and Lose Hill.
Here we go. Sunny skies ahead and hills to climb.
Hmm. Those clouds look ominous.
Clouds behind us as well (looking back towards Castleton and Hope here).
Having climbed a bit, we are now looking back down into the Hope Valley.
farther along the ridge, looking back to the Hope Valley
sheep guarding the other side (Edale valley)
another shot (with sheep dots) back on the Hope/Castleton side
looking back along the ridge we just walked
a lone tree -- I saw this from a distance and wanted a picture of the kids next to it, but it was fenced off
girls taking break -- Little Red Riding Hood was starting to lose a little interest at this point
looking back at the lonely tree and more sheep, of course
pretty much sums up walking in the rain for some
getting closer to home base now -- a view of Perevil Castle above Castleton
can you see my lonely tree centered up top?
Even donkeys would prefer to be dry
The stream was a little quick for the ducks due to all the rain.
In summary: it was a nice route with some good views. Obviously this would have been a lot better without the rain and soggy trails. I'm still glad we did it (not sure if the vote is unanimous there). Today (Sunday) is looking quite sunny so far as I type this up so that's like a poke in the eye. [Of course, that's all Kuk's fault for preferring to go on Saturdays -- :-)]
I'd like to complete the general area by walking from Hope to Edale but that's 9 miles 1-way. We can get the train one-way so that's an option but not sure when the whole team will be up for that. Better pick a sunny day for sure!
Here's a view of Sunday's much better weather. Alex is kicking the ball while his friends zoom around on bikes and scooters. Oh well, picked the wrong day for the walk. Can't win them all.
Holy cow, look at the size of that guy. Even I thought that was a little gross. He was gone by morning.
Have a good week everyone.