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Castleton - Derbyshire. Sunday 26th September, 2021

'A' Walk. Leader- Alan Taylor. Distance - 10.5 miles. Ascent - 1750 feet. Grade - Moderate.

Summary: Resisting the temptation to walk along the much vaunted Great Ridge we will take a steadier, low-level approach to today’s walk as we walk around it but still being able to enjoy the views its’ surrounds.

 Details: Walking along the lower tracks and fields (could be a little muddy in wet weather) we will join the descending path which comes down from the summit of Lose Hill for a short while until we reach a turning point at Townhead and head North, whereupon we will pass the luxurious Lose Hill Hotel & Spa and Oaker Farm on our way to the underpass taking us below rail and road ways on their way to/from Edale.

 We leave the current path away from the underpass to take a permissive path skirting Backside Wood to complete our crossing of the Vale of Edale to emerge at Jaggers Clough.

 

As we enjoy the marvelous view of The Great Ridge from the other side of it, we now head towards Edale along the low-level path via Ollerbrook Booth. Now then, Edale would be a great place to have a proper refreshment break before turning south to head back to Castleton.

 

 So that you are not totally disappointed about missing-out from being on The Ridge, we head for Greenlands and climb up and over Hollins Cross to possibly put a bit of a sweat on the brow before getting back to the coach and our friends so that they can see how hard our walk has been (not)!!! A moment’s pause at Hollins Cross to survey the 360° panorama will put a smile on your face to complete your day

 

'B' Walk. Leader- Maureen Dransfield. Distance - 6.5 miles. Ascent - 1300 feet. Grade - Different!!

 An exhilarating, clockwise  walk which includes one of the best ridge walks in the country, with superb views of the Edale and Hope Valleys. A walking pole is strongly advised for this walk.

 From the car park we turn off the main road and pass the Castle Inn and the Youth Hostel, which takes us on a stony path past the cottages. We follow this path until we reach the road.

We cross the road and over a stIle, after which we have a gentle climb to Treak Cliff Cavern. Taking the steps behind the Cavern onto a narrow path we climb up to Blue John Cavern. We then continue steadily over fields and roads, up steps to the approach to the stepped path to the summit of Mam Tor.

Continuing from the summit, we will find an ideal place for lunch taking in views of Edale Valley.

Passing Hollins Cross we then climb up to the craggy top of Back Tor and onwards to the short steep slope of the summit.

 Our walk continues through the wooded area of Brockett Booth Plantation, after which we start descending slowly to Losehill Farm and  Springhouse Farm, continuing onto the Training and Conference Centre and Hollowford Road, passing the cemetery back into Castleton.

 

Some well deserved refreshments will await us after a challenging but rewarding walk.

 

 'C' Walk - Leader - Dennis Neal. Distance - 4.25 miles.  Ascent - 260 feet Grade - easy. 

 After leading a testing 'A' walk at Masham last time out, Dennis changes role once again this time  to lead a less demanding walk in Castleton. The terrain in this area can be tricky at the best of times but this walk can in no way be described as difficult, the route following well trodden paths and tracks, all at lower levels.

 

As on all these occasions we begin the day by visiting one of the local tea rooms for drinks, toasted teacakes, and or, bacon sandwiches. Eventually, we realise that we are here to walk and after retracing our steps to the car park we take a minor road past the well-known Conference Centre and on to Losehill Hall and Spring House Farm.

 

We soon meet the main path which ascends to, or descends from Lose Hill, so at this point it is important to turn right  to avoid ending up on the summit of  Lose Hill !!l . The correct turn will lead gradually downhill into the outskirts of Hope. It is important at this stage of the walk for most of the group to look exhausted or at least 'pretend' to be exhausted, so that the leader will agree to stop for a refreshment break at the local tearoom in Hope!

 

 After crossing the main Hope/Castleton road we make a right turn west along a path which roughly follows the course of Peakshole Water. This path can be slippery in places after wet weather, so care is advised and a walking pole - yet again - would be sensible!

 We soon reach the outskirts of Castleton and return to the coach for a change of boots, and almost certainly further refreshments.

 Relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery and the company on this easy walk.

 

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