5th May 2018
Weather: Sunny, blue skies. Very warm by late afternoon.
What a joyous, beautiful day!
After dropping down to the Lathkill valley, then up & down to the Wye valley, then up through the Haddon Estate: Coming out of the woods I could see the Curbar and Froggatt edges in the distance and knew I was in for a great day. Coming down into the Chatsworth estate, one of my favourite Peak District walks (the gritstone edges of Baslow, Curbar and Froggatt) beckoned. First through the Chatsworth estate: there were hundreds of cars sparkling in the Chatsworth car park, and the presence of marques blocked the typical view across to the chateau as I walked along the valley-bottom footpath.
Baslow, and a steep, long walk up to Baslow Edge, great views along the edges & the valley below. I walked here, just a few weeks ago, on a “training walk” with Paul, Pam & Pete H. Today I spoke with an adventurous retired couple who spend the winter abroad in places like India. He is off paragliding tomorrow!
Down into Grindleford I met with Penny & my Mum at 15:15. After hugs, peppermint tea, strawberries, raspberries, maps and … a change of boots… it was a hot walk along the river floodplain to Hathersage.
I am headed up to North Lees to camp tonight.
Manners wood looking towards Bakewell
the edges in the distance from Calton pastures
Heading to Edensor
On the edge
Looking back from Froggatt
Stanage edge visible ahead (tomorrow)
Boots swap over
I didn’t record the track today to see what effect it had on power consumption. Answer: significant.
This was the planned long track via Longshawe Estate, Higger Tor.
The shorter variant I took to reach Grindleford for the family rendezvous. About 3km less and much less ascent.
Start time: 08:10
Finish (Hathersage): 18:10, but 1:45 stop in Grindleford at community cafe to meet Mum and Penny
Posted the above from the Little John while eating, Set off again for North Lees campsite 19:50, arriving 20:30. Put up tent, showered, in bed 21:40