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This is a previous walk by the Sutton in Ashfield Rambling Club in the Peak District. Please click for details of the next walk or a walking calendar.
On Sunday (8th March 2009) the members of the Sutton Rambling Club will be enjoying an exhilarating 11/12 mile walk along high-level grit stone edges within the southern boundaries of the Dark Peak.
The walk will start at Hathersage station (grid ref 233810) and move steadily northwards passing by North Lees Hall, the inspiration for the haunting Thornfield Manor in Charlotte Bronte's famous book Jane Eyre. Around this area there will be the opportunity to have a mid-morning coffee break to enjoy the views and read the fascinating information boards. Toilets also available at this point.
We then continue north until reaching our first grit stone edge -Stanage Edge. There then follows an inspiring section of spectacular views as we head south-east along this rugged moorland country.The route then drops down from the edge before ascending Higger Tor and Carl Wark, the site of an ancient fort. The morning is completed as we descend to Toads Mouth and move into the Longshaw Estate for a late lunch break. Refreshments can be taken at the National Trust cafe or at the Fox House Inn.
Then,suitably refreshed, we continue south through the Longshaw Estate enjoying its ancient woodland and tumbling streams emerging on the A625 below Froggatt Edge. The second part of the afternoon continues south following the three well known edges, Froggatt, Curbar and Baslow, with grand views of the Derwent Valley to savour. The walk is completed as we descend from Baslow Edge into the village of Baslow (grid ref 251722) for a 6pm coach departure home.
New members will be made most welcome. There is no need to prebook a seat on the coach.
The McEwens coach leaves the "Staff of Life " pub on Hack Lane in Sutton-in-Ashfield at 9.15 am and the Bancroft Lane end, Stockwell Gate (near the Netto supermarket) in Mansfield at 9.30 am. There are other pick-up points available en route.
The walk was led by Ian Johnstone, author of Scenic Walks in the Peak District.
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