Black Ashop Moor Walk - July 2nd

Posted 3/7/2016

We would like to say that DVWG's new year started with a bang with this walk,  but it was more like a splash for the 16 attendees who took part the 8.05 miles Black Ashop Moor walk.

After a delayed start due to heavy rain, allowing time for a coffee at the Snake Pass Inn our party set off walking up Fairbrook Naze which was a tough climb onto the outer edge of the Kinder Massif.

On arriving at this point there was the first of several heavy downpours which we were caught in forcing us to halt in a quite exposed spot and await the downpour passing.

After clearing Fairbrook and having had our lunch break there was a lengthy walk along Seal Edge, which commanded superb views of the Snake Valley and Ladybower Reservoir below.

We walked on to join the Pennine Way at the edge of Kinder and there followed a tricky descent to the start of the Snake Path near Mill Hill.

What followed was a very wet and muddy descent of the Snake Path crossing several swollen streams, fords and bogs through Ashop Moor, experiencing several showers whilst walking through this beautiful valley to return to our start point at the Snake Pass Inn


Due to the ascent on this walk (1637 feet), a slightly delayed start and some tricky conditions, our walk ended quite late at 5.45pm, where we retired to the Snake Pass Inn for a well deserved beer and for some of our party a sandwich or even cheesecake !!

There will probably be some aching limbs after this walk for some of our party, but tackling this 8.05 miles walk which had 1637 feet of ascent in at times quite wet and muddy conditions was quite an achievement. Well done and thanks to everyone who completed this walk.