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Derwent Heritage Way
On Sunday (6th September 2009) the Sutton rambling club will continue their popular series of walks in the Dark Peak area including the Ladybower Reservoir, Hope village, Mam Tor and Castleton village. There will be a various routes available ranging in distance between 7 and 12 miles.
The walk starts at the Ladybower Dam (Heather Dene Car Park-grid ref SK 202859) and follows the Heritage Way footpath along the wall of the Dam before turning north west along the Ashop arm of the reservoir through the Woodlands Valley.. After a couple of miles we head SE then SW and ascend the wooded slope past Wooler Knoll and on to the flanks of Win Hill.
Given reasonable visibility there are excellent views at this point including the Edale and Hope valleys and the long scarps of Derwent, Stanage and Bamford Edges. The route then drops down to join the Roman. Road at Hope Cross and continues down into Hope village via Fullwood Stile Farm and Killhill Bridge. At Hope we will enjoy our lunch break ,refreshments will be available in the village. The morning section of the walk will cover a distance of 5 miles.
After lunch there are various options. The main walk will head SW from Hope church along Pinfold Lane,past the cement works, and proceed up Pin Dale and Dirtlow Rake following an ancient byway.. After crossing the Limestone Way the route heads North past Rowter Farm and Windy Knoll and onwards up to the summit of Mam Tor (the highest point of the walk with extensive views,weather permitting). There follows the flagged descent to Hollins Cross and the steep path down the Hollowford Road to our final destination Castleton village. This afternoon section is a distance of 7 miles.
The shorter and less demanding alternative afternoon walks are:
B. Continue with the main party as far as Windy Knoll ,as above, but then head east down the Winnats Pass, past the Speedwell Cavern entrance and on to Castleton. Distance 6 miles.
C. Continue with the main party as far as the Limestone Way junction and then follow the L.W. in a NE direction . Finish by descending down Cave Dale into Castleton. Distance 5 miles.
D. The gentlest alternative is to follow the Pinfold Lane for a quarter of a mile and then head west along the signposted route to Castleton across meadows and by a brook. Distance 2 miles
The McEwens coach will leave for home at approx 6.15 pm. It will be parked at the coach bay opposite the Cheshire Cheese pub in Castlton (grid ref SK 152831)
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