Edale in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District is one of those places that calls me back time after time and so it was that I found myself getting off the train at the small station there on a fine Monday 26th March following a promising weather forecast. The walk up into the village, past the Old Nag’s Head pub, offcial start of the Pennine Way, is always a pleasure, dominated as it is by the cliffs and tors of Kinder Scout’s southern edges, my destination for the day.
I followed the route of the Pennine Way to the small hamlet of Upper Booth hearing curlew calling, surely one of the most beautiful sounds of the moors. I took the path alongside Crowden Brook, which eventually enters Crowden Clough and gives access to Kinder Scout’s peaty plateau, about 630m high and one of the precious few truly wild areas of England. Walking alongside the brook, there were several locations where I got my camera and tripod out to photograph the brook with Kinder Scout behind.
The final section of the path to the plateau is quite steep but caused me no problems and I was soon on the path that skirts Kinder Scout’s southern edges that I was to follow east as far as the rocky prow of Ringing Roger. This path offers fantastic views of the Vale of Edale and beyond and also passes some weird and wonderful gritstone rock formations. One I particularly like is close to the path out to Grindslow Knoll and looks very much like the head of a dog from a certain angle.
Carrying on along the path past more rocky formations to Upper Tor, there was a stunning view into Grindsbrook and across the Vale of Edale to the Lose Hill to Mam Tor ridge. The path then continued easily to Nether Tor and the rocky ridge of Ringing Roger.
Climbing down Ringing Roger, I descended to the Nab and then followed the path to Ollerbrook Booth and back to Edale. There was time for tea and cake at Cooper’s cafe before catching the train home.