Chinley to Edale Walk - August 18th

Posted 18/8/2018

A great days walking for DVWG today, as ten of our finest took on a strenuous walk starting from Chinley on the western edge of the Peak District, walking to Edale, our walk took us via South Head.

Having previously underestimated how strenuous the walking was in this area, we therefore decided on an early start of 10:00am, which resulted in most of us leaving home at around 8.30am to arrive in Chinley in time for the walk.

After assembling, our walk commenced through the village, famously the home town of Edwina Currie, with a continuous steep ascent for around two miles on local footpaths until we reached the Pennine Bridleway which is north east of the town.

From here it was a rather undulating path around South Head and over towards the two fords at Shake Holes. As you might imagine after the recent hot weather, the fords were almost completely dried out.

We took a lunch break alongside the fords, this gave some of the female members of our group the opportunity to admire the prowess of several male mountain bikers who were taking part in a mountain bike marathon along the Pennine Bridleway.

After our lunch break it was time for ascent once again crossing Tom Moor Plantation until we reached the road above Perryfoot.

From here it was time to leave the Pennine Bridleway and head for Edale starting out across the bridleway onto Rushup Edge.

Instead of continuing on Rushup Edge, we headed on a track known locally as Chapel Gate with yet more ascent before reaching the Edale Valley.

The weather so far had been somewhat overcast with light breeze, however upon reaching the top of the Edale Valley, the sun came out for what turned out to be a rather hot afternoon in the Peak District. The view from the top of the valley was simply stunning.

We commenced our descent into Edale down a rather tricky track which was quite slippy, fortunately no one fell and we descended safely reaching the road at Barber Booth, where we walked the last mile or so on the road to reach Edale and the end of our walk, where there was time for our group to have a beer or in some cases a well-deserved cuppa before taking the train home after a tiring but wonderful days walking in the Peak District.

Well done to the ten of DVWG’s finest who walked, whilst only 8.08 miles, 1620 feet of ascent made for quite a strenuous walk.

Finally a big hello and welcome goes to Rob Evans who walked with DVWG for the first time today.