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Peak District / Mini TR - Going Astray in the White Peak
« Last post by adalard on Today at 11:10:00 »
I had a bit of a ramble from Ashford-in-the-Water yesterday.

Walked up to Monsal Head and from there onto Fin Cop (access land) via the concessionary path above the dale. Had lunch on top of Fin Cop and wandered to the far side of the summit.

I had planned to go back down into Monsal Dale the way I'd come, cross the A6 and up into Deep Dale but there was another stile and a clear path heading downwards. I assumed it was another concessionary path providing a way onto the access land from the south.

When I hit the woodland about 3/4 of the way down the path started to peter out until I was fighting my way through a grim tangle of bramble, hawthorn branches and other annoying stuff. I couldn't bear the thought of re-ascending so I persevered and came to a riverside path. Hoping to find a bridge I followed this over stile after stile, aware I was no longer on a PRoW or access land, until I eventually came to a gate that I had to climb to get out onto the A6.

It had been a private fishing path I'd been on by the river but there was no warning at the top of the hill that you couldn't get down this way - some signs might help! I was way off my route now and didn't fancy regaining it by walking along the busy A6, so I crossed over to a nearby footpath up to Great Shacklow Wood.

I was a bit grumpy now and couldn't be bothered going back to continue up Deep Dale. So I decided to change my route and head directly back to Ashford via this woodland path and have a beer. Except the pubs were closed by the time I got there. I had a wander round waiting for my bus and headed back to Buxton, where a consolatory pint was guaranteed and gratefully enjoyed.

A few phone pics, not sorted the ones on my camera yet. I won't be blogging this one since I was accidentally and unwillingly trespassing for some of it!  ::)

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View across Monsal Dale, with Wardlow Hay Cop on the horizon.

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Wardlow Hay Cop (left), Headstone Viaduct in the dale, and Longstone Moor (right)
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Lunch (cheese and marmite) looking across to Deep Dale before things went awry.

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Aaahhh...  ;D

It was still - mostly! - a pleasant few hours walk but be warned not to head south from the summit of Fin Cop, inviting though it may look!
Sorry there are such a lot of pictures but as the weather was the best it's been for a while I got carried away  :)

Can't have too many photos as far as I'm concerned, especially when they're as fantastic as these! Looks like a cracking day out!  O0
Great trip report and pictures, April - what a lovely morning to wake up to on the second day.  :) O0

The experience with the cattle sounds terrifying. I've been trying to convince myself that I'm too cautious about walking through fields with cows in but actually I think I'll stick with trying to avoid them.  :(
Gear / Re: Liner socks? Are they real?
« Last post by rosam on Today at 10:00:46 »

Again DA you're spouting rubbish.  The whole point of liner socks is that one can rub against the other!  The inner one sticks to your foot while the outer one sticks to your boot.  Any rubbing is between the two sock layers.  This prevents hot spots and blisters on your feet.  Having used this method for around 50 years I guarantee it works  O0

That is correct, the friction happens in between the sock layers, however it didn't work for me despite trying in many occasions. Blisters are a complicated thing and what works for some it doesn't for others. In my case, I prevented them before they happened by using tape in the sensitive areas (and I wore the liners too, just in case)

Tremendous pics karl O0
"Sue was a bit under the weather this week so in her absence I thought I'd try a few routes that she probably wouldn't be confident with"

This should be

"Sue was a bit under the weather this week so in her absence I thought I'd try a few routes that are utterly bonkers"  ;)

I hope Sue is ok

Fantastic photos Karl  O0 That is an epic day out, how you think of these routes is beyond me  O0
Lovely photos, looks a gorgeous day.

That is a LOT of up and down!

Sue was a bit under the weather this week so in her absence I thought I'd try a few routes that she probably wouldn't be confident with.

Sorry there are such a lot of pictures but as the weather was the best it's been for a while I got carried away  :)


I hadn't really intended climbing Seat Sandal but as we had no views when we came a few weeks ago and I hadn't climbed the ridge above High Broadrayne for a few years I added it to my day

This little chap considerately sat still while I took his photo.
Helm Crag across the valley.

And from slightly higher on the path Helm Crag, Greenburn and Steel Fell.
The way up.
A look across to the Coniston fells.
And to Easedale Tarn with the Langdale Pikes and Bowfell beyond.
Grasmere and the coast appear as height is gained.

On to Seat Sandal looking along Grisedale to Ullswater in the distance.
 Following the wall down then up to Dollywagon Pike seen here in shadow.
Grisedale Tarn with St.Sunday, Cofa Pike and Fairfield behind.

After the stiff climb by the wall you come to the post just below the summit of Dollywagon.

A bit more of Ullswater and Place Fell from the climb to Dollywagon.

Starting on the steep descent down the Tongue I'm looking across Ruthwaite Cove to Hard Tarn and the east ridge of Nethermost Pike..

Looking back to Dollywagon.

And looking down the Tongue.

Another look back up from where I leave the Tongue and find a route down to Ruthwaite Cove.

Which was a bit rough. I definitely would only do this in perfect weather..

Into the cove now. High Crag above..
The view down from the crossing of the cove.

Just one more obstacle to cross before I reach Hard Tarn..

Hard Tarn.

After a few minutes relaxing by the tarn it's onwards and upwards onto the east ridge of Nethermost Pike.

Dollywagon Pike, The Tongue, Ruthwaite Cove and Hard Tarn from the climb.

Looking back from just above the only really narrow part of the ridge..

On to Nethermost and the high fells are looking very moody.

Striding Edge is my next down but first I have the short walk to the exit ramp on Helvellyn.

Starting the down climb.

Red Tarn and Catstyecam.

The Chimney on Striding Edge. There was a bit of a breeze blowing but I managed to keep to the very top path for most of the way.
A look back to the exit ramp.

Striding Edge.

Helvellyn from where I dropped off the edge heading for Red Tarn.

Catstyecam walkers.

Catstyecam from low down on Swirral Edge.

The higher section of Swirral.

Striding Edge in shadow St.Sunday Crag in sunshine.

On to Helvellyn now and the high fells from Scafell Pike on the left to Pillar on the right are all clear of cloud now.

Ullswater and the north Pennines.

 Whyth Burn shining in the afternoon sunshine.

 Harrop Tarn with Great Gable above to the left and Pillar above to the right.

Grisedale Tarn and Seat Sandal from the Dollywagon Zig-Zags..

Looking into the sun to Seat Sandal.

Dollywagon Pike.

On the coast to coast path down Tongue Gill after a tiring but exciting day..  :)
My route was - Route. - Grasmere  - Seat Sandal - Dollywagon Pike - The Tongue - Ruthwaite Cove - Hard Tarn - Nethermost Pike east ridge - Nethermost Pike - Striding Edge - Red Tarn - Swirral Edge - Helvellyn - Grisedale Tarn - Tongue Gill - Grasmere ( about 12 miles 5600ft ascent )
International / Re: The Rota Vicentina. Portugal
« Last post by Oldtramp on Today at 07:05:42 »
I did the coast route early this month - 4 days from Porto Covo to Odeceixe.  Spectacularly coloured cliffs and well waymarked throughout.  I enjoyed it, and not jus because of excessive amounts of vino verde with dinner each night.  Downsides were heat and lots and lots of soft sand, even on top of the cliffs, making hard going.   

Inland, on the Historical Way, it'll be hotter but I'd guess that surfaces will mostly be easier.

In any event, I enjoyed it enough to be thinking that, next year, when I must return to Portugal, that I'll likely go back to Odeceixe and push south to Cabo San Vincente.
General Walking Discussion / Re: Northern camping, and more
« Last post by rosam on Today at 00:15:18 »
I like to watch Abbie Barns. She is doing all the UK national trails and I love her videos
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