Saturday, May 14, 2016

Kinder Orbital from Hayfield

Today was the day of the Hayfield May festival the houses were decorated with bunting and there was a number of exhibits, this year there appeared to be a Hollywood theme. Fortunately I'd arrived early on a cool, bright and sunny morning to meet up with a  friend from my Uni. days. 

The plan was to walk a modified version of the Kinder Down Fall fell race. The modification was that from the top of William Clough we'd stay on the Northern edges of Kinder Scout and return to Edale Cross via the southern edges of Kinder. T
he route is essentially a circuit of Kinder. It's a repeat of a training run for the KMF 50km Ultra a walk the week before the race would be perfect part of the tapering in the training for the race. Training for this race has been great fun wonderful places and a challenging variety of weather adding to the experience.
Looking along the Northern edge of Kinder. The last time I tried this route, the start of the Northern edge was the 16 mile mark, this section of the route felt a long way. But today it felt much easier.
Wind weathered rock formations reminiscent of the kissing stones of Bleaklow
Walking along Seal edge to Fairbrook Naze and then onto Blackden Clough where we had a spot of lunch on a rock looking down on the Clough below.
The trig point at the 590 spot height between Blackden Edge and Golden Clough (SK 12927 87809) features a plaque commemorating the Viking Venture Scout Unit
We crossed to the southern edge and arrived at Golden Clough, looking towards Mam Tor we enjoyed Hare spotting.

Edale Cross dates back to 1157 and was placed there by the Cistercian monks of Basingwerk Abbey (quoted from the Megalithic portal entry).

We stopped in the George for a quick refreshing pint a good end to an excellent day. Supping a pint we discussed plans to scramble the Kinder down fall and aanother one to scramble Gordale Scar in the Dales. Part of the motivation here would be for the "Harry Potter tour" for Keisha and Louis.

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