Peak District – Kinder Scout – Jacob’s Ladder & The Official Summit

Official Summit area, the false cairn is pictured with the Official Grass mound summit in the background It's always great to return to an old favourite, walking routes along the southern edge of Kinder Scout is where I first cut my teeth with proper navigation. It is along this edge that my friends and I first set foot on this great mountain, longer ago than I care to recollect. I remember the day well, we had camped at the Field Head Campsite, the weather was absolutely terrible but we got out our map and compass and headed off on to the plateau. It was a scary experience but all went well, we had Read more [...]

Peak District – Kinder Scout – Crowden & Grindsbrook

The weather in 2012 has been a real wash out at times, especially when it comes to walking days. We've walked in everything this year, drizzle, hail, torrential rain and the odd thunder storm. Luckily however I work continental shifts which means I work 4 days and then get 4 days off. Doing this sort of shift pattern means I have those 4 days off to select which day is going to be the most suitable, thankfully I chose well this week and managed to pick a non torrential day. There was only a very Read more [...]

Peak District – Castleton and Kinder Scout – Loop Walk

I've just got back from another great walk in the Peak District, once again I recorded it using ViewRanger and Social Hiking. I'm getting rather addicted to using the Social Hiking website as you may have noticed if you were following our progress along the West Highland Way, while i'm on the subject here is a quick link for you to view our WHW Map for 2011. Right, back to today's walk. I met up with Andy at Castleton at 10:00, we got kitted up and then headed off along the road past Odin Mine Read more [...]

Peak District – Kinder Scout – Wild Camping

Wild Camping in the Peak District is something I haven't done for a while, I suppose as its so close to home its easy enough to cover lots of distance on a day walk and still be home in time for tea. I've walked up Kinder Scout more times than I can remember but decided to go for a wander and see where I ended up. I started by getting the train from Chesterfield via Sheffield to Edale, something i've never done before so enjoyed the novelty of it. The first part of my journey took me up Read more [...]

Kinder Scout – Jacob’s Ladder & Grindsbrook Clough

I went for another walk up Kinder Scout today, thankfully its beginning to become a regular occurrence again. I decided to differ from my regular route from Hayfield and revisit and old route Stevo and I used to take. The route begins in Edale and head west along the slopes of Kinder then down to Upper Booth, next point of call is Jacob's Ladder which is the only major accent and it leads you up on to the plateau. I took the image above at the bottom of Jacob's Ladder, The River Noe gains Read more [...]

Peak District – Kinder Scout – Winter walk with Amy

Amy and I decided to go out for a walk today, we have a fantastic covering of snow here in Derbyshire and the weather was perfect. We headed off towards Edale at about 10am and made it there in reasonable time considering the roads were pretty bad. We narrowly avoided an accident near Hathersage, A transit van in front of us spun out of control and nearly hit a bus.. whoops. We parked down near the train station at Edale as it was full near The Old Nags Head Inn. We then walked back up Read more [...]

Kinder Scout – Grindsbrook Clough – Winter Scramble

I've just arrived from a nice little solo wintry wander up Kinder Scout. I had intended to take a stroll up to Stanage Edge but sadly the roads were blocked with heavy snow north of Hathersage. I was in my FTO and it would barely qualify as 2WD never mind 4WD so i decided to head to Edale. The roads are usually well gritted in that area and today proved to be no different. I parked near the School in Edale and then set off up towards Grindsbrook Clough. Grindsbrook is a nice little scramble in good Read more [...]