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The Pennine Way: Lost on Kinder Scout, Derbyshire - 9th October 2005

Nosher and the Old Chap had formulated a plan whereby Nosher would walk from Edale - the start of the Pennine Way - and meet him a few hours later on the A57, a few miles down the road from Glossop. Ordinarily, a map would be carried, but the assumption was made that because the Pennine Way had had its footpaths all upgraded recently, it would be fairly well signposted (there was a compass, for real emergencies). And for the first four or five miles it was, until suddenly any indication of the route of the onward path disappeared completely and there was just wilderness with nary a soul to be seen anywhere. Pressing directly north (the known direction of the road) was no good, as this went through a strange, creepy area of peat bog criss-crossed by deep ravines - an arduous task to navigate, both for the difficulty of terrain and the complete lack of features. Eventually, after back-tracking to a previously-noted waypoint there were traces of a path in a stream bed, and so the footprints in the sand were followed for a mile-or-two, eventually reaching the top of "The Edge" - a steep scarp slope - before following this for a few miles and past several tors with no sign of escape to the valley below. At least the footprints had increased in number and the track was now visibly well-trafficked. By this time, daylight was dwindling so, on seeing the A57, it was off down the 300 metres of the scarp slope near the point at Fairbrook Naze, and through bulbous tussocks of grass interpersed with bog, patches of fern and the occasional startled grouse. After half-an-hour of totally knackering descent, with a bearing of an abandoned farmhouse and river in mind, luck changed a bit as after crossing a small stream, a bridge over the much larger river presented itself, and, in an improbable twist of fate, led back on one of the official routes. The final push was back up the valley to the road - perhaps the most difficult thing ever - and a walk of a couple of miles along the dark, twisty Snake Pass, luckily with the ever-present mini Maglite, to the Snake Pass Inn and an eventual pick up thanks the Old Chap who happended to drive past

next album: A Trip Around Macclesfield and Sandbach, Cheshire - 10th September 2005
previous album: Dave Read Leaves the Lab, Diss Publishing, The BBs and Murder, Diss and Cambridge - 7th October 2005

2005 A valley in between Whaley Bridge and Edale

A valley in between Whaley Bridge and Edale

2005 A road across the Pennines

A road across the Pennines

2005 The Old Chap pokes around in the car

The Old Chap pokes around in the car

2005 A dry-stone wall and a Pennin view

A dry-stone wall and a Pennin view

2005 Just up from Edale, a cow scratches itself

Just up from Edale, a cow scratches itself

2005 A solitary walker

A solitary walker

2005 Valley near Broadlee-bank Tor

Valley near Broadlee-bank Tor

2005 An abandoned shepherd's hut

An abandoned shepherd's hut

2005 A dead tree

A dead tree

2005 Standing stones

Standing stones

2005 A bull lies down. Luckily, it didn't rain

A bull lies down. Luckily, it didn't rain

2005 Footpath to Upper Booth

Footpath to Upper Booth

2005 Postbox in a wall, Upper Booth

Postbox in a wall, Upper Booth

2005 A woodworker's workshop, Lee Farm

A woodworker's workshop, Lee Farm

2005 A lane through Lee Farm

A lane through Lee Farm

2005 Pile of wood-chips

Pile of wood-chips

2005 A wooden head, like the Moai of Easter Island, watches

A wooden head, like the Moai of Easter Island, watches

2005 A rough path

A rough path

2005 A sheep stares at Nosher

A sheep stares at Nosher

2005 On Jacob's Ladder

On Jacob's Ladder

2005 Walkers mill around at the foot of Jacob's Ladder

Walkers mill around at the foot of Jacob's Ladder

2005 Climbing Jacob's Ladder

Climbing Jacob's Ladder

2005 More walkers in the hills

More walkers in the hills

2005 A pile of stones

A pile of stones

2005 Standing water by the path

Standing water by the path

2005 A pile of stones near Kinder Low

A pile of stones near Kinder Low

2005 A bleak view

A bleak view

2005 Self-timer photo

Self-timer photo

2005 Holding on to a wind-sculpted rock

Holding on to a wind-sculpted rock

2005 Somewhere near Cluther Rocks, about 630 metres up

Somewhere near Cluther Rocks, about 630 metres up

2005 Cluther Rocks

Cluther Rocks

2005 More aeolian carving

More aeolian carving

2005 Red Brook

Red Brook

2005 A curious pair of wind-carved uprights

A curious pair of wind-carved uprights

2005 A flag-stone path

A flag-stone path

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A valley in between Whaley Bridge and Edale