In the words of Elbow, it’s going to be a wonderful day…., a walk from Chinley to Edale, 4 December 2018

Just after 9am I got off the train at Chinley, a village in northern Derbyshire, into fairly dense fog. I was there to walk to Edale, although I hadn’t finalised the route as there were a few options. The fog was slightly disconcerting as it had been sunny with a clear blue sky at Edale, the previous station. As I walked up the road towards Chinley Churn, it became clear that I was in a cloud inversion and that if I climbed higher, I would soon be above it. This proved to be the case as I climbed to Cracken Edge, Chinley Churn. The weather became glorious with stunning views across to Kinder Scout and down onto the cloud covering Chinley and beyond; it was a real feel good to be alive moment. I spent quite a bit of time taking photographs. The walk along to Peep ‘o Day farm is one of my favourites in the district because of its grandstand views.

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The view from Cracken Edge, Chinley Churn, with dense cloud covering Chinley
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Cracken Edge, Chinley Churn
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Mist creeping up Cracken Edge, Chinley Churn

Having crossed the A624 Chapel-en-le-Frith to Glossop road at Peep o’Day farm, I followed the bridlepath past Mount Famine, then detoured slightly to climb South Head (494m high), a fantastic viewpoint all around. From here, the path took me across the peat moorland to Brown Knoll and then Edale Cross, a good place to have lunch. By now, the sun was rapidly disappearing behind cloud and it started feeling chilly. I had a decision to make here as to whether to cross Brown Knoll to Rushup Edge, or to head up onto Kinder Scout’s southern edges. I decided on the latter as I wished to do some photography in Grindsbrook, my chosen descent route to Edale.

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Chinley Churn (right) from near South Head

Cloud was actually scudding across Kinder Scout as I climbed to Noe Stool and then followed the path to the Woolpacks, a bizarre collection of isolated gritstone rocks covering quite a wide area. Next was Crowden Tower at the head of Crowden Brook and then I reached the head of Grindsbrook where I was to descend. The first few hundred metres was a steep clamber over rocks, so needed to take care before the valley gradient eased off a bit. It was just after this point that I found a beautiful cascade to photograph. From there, it was about a further mile’s walk into Edale. I had time before my train home to have a drink in the excellent Rambler Inn, next to the railway station and saw they were selling mulled wine, which I could not resist a glass of, and I have to say went down a treat.

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Crowden Tower, Kinder Scout’s southern edges
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Cascade in Grindsbrook Clough
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Route taken, approx 16km

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