Win Hill Walk

Posted 23/12/2017

Our final walk of the season took place in some rather un-seasonally mild weather, with an early autumn feel today’s walk rather than the last walk before we all head off for the Christmas festivities.

Starting from Hope Valley railway station we walked alongside the River Noe and along footpaths leading to the village of Aston where the serious climbing started.

From the village of Aston we joined the open moorland and a rather steep incline to Thornhill Carrs. Reaching the top of Win Hill Plantation before ascending Win Hill to the trig point.

Unfortunately the summit was shrouded in mist, even though we had enjoyed a great view of Stanage Edge and the Bamford area on the way up, we were robbed of the wonderful 360 degrees panoramic views which Win Hill is famous for. We did however manage a view of Yorkshire Bridge and Ladybower Reservoir and albeit briefly a view of the Derwent Valley when the mist cleared.

At times the descent was quite tricky coming down Thornhill Brink and the two gravity defying fields to reach Twitchill Farm, the road back into Hope and of course The Old Horns Inn.

A stop in the journey to visit the Old Horns is a usual order of play when walking in Hope and starting from Hope Station and today was no exception.

A quick beer in front of the open fire certainly made us all fill in the Christmas spirit, here we conducted the draw for inaugural Christmas Raffle which had some rather strange prizes!!

Our last act of the day was to walk back to Hope Station and then it was time for our group to say goodbye for the last time this year with seasonal greetings ringing in our areas.

A 5 miles walk today completed by 11 adults and 2 children, watch out for the pictures from this walk which are rather good, also watch out for a longer version of this walk appearing in the walks diary in the summer.