Walk 14/2012 – Anniversary Weekend

Sunday 1st July 2012

After a night in Edale Youth hostel, we assembled for today’s 8 mile walk in sensible clothing – not a dickey in sight! [Ed – I was going to get it out, but it was looking a bit droopy after the night before!]

Our route traced yesterday’s steps for a short way, until we took the opposite direction to start the ascent up and around Back Tor and Lose Hill. Back Tor is a kind of Mam Tor in reverse, for the land slipped face points North West. It is an impressive, but terribly loose crag with the scraggy remains of Brockett Booth plantation climbing its smooth southern slopes. Where there were breaks in the weather, the available views were fantastic – the only blot on this beautiful landscape were the huge chimney and buildings of the Blue Circle cement works that lie just behind the villages of Hope and Castleton in the valley below.

After coffee, we walked along Roman Road – but it wasn’t that straight and was quite busy with mountain bikers, runners and walkers to Jaggers Clough. The name ‘jagger’ in Pennine place names usually refers to the men who led pack horses. This being a bridleway, it is most likely a former pack horse route; it certainly still is a tractor route! Jaggers Clough is quite treacherous in places, it is perhaps surprising that the ‘jaggers’ chose to lead their packhorses along this route up and out of the valley. However it made a picturesque walk, after the head high ferns obscuring the earlier views.

Onwards and back to the hostel, reasonably dry, despite the weather doing its best to soak us, we decided upon a tea stop a couple of villages away, before the main journey home.

Report – Sue

Pictures – Alan

Walk rating – Pretty good apart from the weather

What do mean you can’t see the path?
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The rain eventually holds off for a bit. Here we are climbing up through head high ferns onto the ridge above the Ladybower Reservoir.
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Looking back at Lose Hill. We came around the left hand side.
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Looking along the Edale valley.
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Crossing Jagger’s Clough.
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Moira took a picture of this old stile sign. Or was it a comment on the previous day’s dress code?
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And finally back to the Youth Hostel.
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