Autumn Leaves (& Winter's Coming!) (06/11/2011)
A lovely sunny autumn start, and 9 met at Hope railway station. From the local group, Quentin, Steve, Duncan, Dave, Alison and Frank, together with Graham from BBN group, plus Jy and Yasmin from the Irregulars. Leaving the station, the sun promised much, and this was to be with us all day. After the first huff and puff uphill, a familiar “bark bark” was heard, and Bess came running uphill in search of Steve, her part time carer. She was closely followed by Dave Gosling her owner, who fortunately did not seem as keen to give Steve a quick lick! The sun rose higher and brighter as we worked our way over to the start of Jaggers Clough, pausing to inspect the flowers on top of Hope Cross. A little trouble ensued here, with a group of off-road motorbikers. The route here is not authorised for their use and some heated discussions took place. Steve took down nos. and duly reported these to the Visitor Centre in Castleton.
Graham led the way up Jaggers Clough, the water level being low enough to allow us to walk up the river; exciting stuff for those who like to play in water. Skirting around Ringing Roger, a lovely drop down Golden Clough brought us to Edale for lunch. The Nag was surprisingly quiet, with our leader allowing just enough time to get a couple of Nag Bitters down. Mmm. Homeward bound now, and Castleton was soon reached via Hollins Cross and a little deviation to view the Mam Tor sunken road and the Odin Mine. Ice Cream at the Visitor Centre was a must-do for Jasmine, and the Bradwell brand went down well. The final few miles back via the cement works and Brough were taken at leisurely pace with the day’s leader believing the return train was at 17.20. “Err, I think we might miss the train” Frank politely informed him. “No, loads of time; follow me”, was the instruction as our hero gamely stuck to his plan to inspect the Old Roman Fort of Navio, not realising the train was at 16.40 and not 17.20. Fortunately, Dave G and Allison came to the rescue and offered lifts to both Frank and Dave. Sixteen pleasant miles and a first; we started with 9 and finished with 10. I claim the honour.
Photos by Duncan Smith