Lords Seat, Mam Tor & Hollins Cross from Edale - July 30th

Posted 1/8/2016

The weather held off for a fantastic day's walking today, in a familiar part of the Peak District. Our party of 13 set off from Edale station, down past Hardenclough Farm, turning right to cross fields to Barber Booth, from where we began a steady but relentless ascent to Rushup Edge.

Thirteen proved an unlucky number as around half way up, we hit a rare pocket of mobile phone reception and Alison received some news leading to her deciding to abandon the walk and return home. This in turn nearly sparked a mutiny a few minutes later, with a couple more walkers deciding the ascent was too much and that they would also drop out. However, a few words of reassurance and a strategically timed lunch stop raised spirits, with the remaining twelve marching on to complete the ascent to Lord's Seat. Continuing along the ridge we were treated to spectacular views of the White Peak area to our right and the Kinder massif to our left, resplendent in the sunshine.

We descended from Rushup edge and began our final climb onto the blustery summit of Mam Tor. It was a pleasure and a relief to see all our party ably complete this last ascent before we dropped down the paved (and remarkably busy) Great Ridge path to Hollins Cross. We continued our sharp and rocky descent to cross under the railway line and return to Edale village, whereupon we strolled up to The Old Nags Head for well-earned refreshments.

The total mileage for our slightly revised route came in at 7.53 miles of thoroughly enjoyable walking. Well done to those who completed today's walk and best wishes to Alison, who sadly missed out on the highlights. Also a warm welcome to Trish's brother Alan, who made his DVWG debut today.