Churns,Vales and Trails.


John, Tom, Mark, Val, Anne, Ian (Doncaster), Steve (S. Manchester), Neil and Glenn.

Nice early..ish start at Buxworth Basin had us climbing immediately in the warming Sun up onto Chinley Churn and over Ollersett Moor.
Conditions underfoot were perfect so swift progress was made over to Peep ‘O’Day with Val and Anne leading strongly at the front.
Soon we were making our way down into Coldwell Clough and through the Hamlet of ‘Hill Houses’. Here we were on familiar territory and we ascended the short sharp climb up the cobbles by kinder reservoir and onto Middle moor….Mark had taken the lead with Anne and Glenn hot on his heals. We had our first break at the shooting hut exchanging fine confectionary and insults(as usual) and soon we were off again over Middle Moor and onto the area behind Coombes. Lantern pike was our next objective and was visible just a mile or so away…but being LDWA walkers and not SDWA * walkers we took a rather pleasant, protracted way to the Summit. Eventually at the top we re-fuled and lazed about in the Sun..enjoying its warm rays.

After promises of ‘all down hill from here’ we reluctantly dragged ourselves up and continued down to the Sett Valley Trail and ‘Steamed into New Mills.
Given the rising afternoon sun,we all need to grab some liquid from the local shops.
Through the Town, Val took us down to the the Torrs via the rather neat ‘Millennium Walkway’..A fine structure high above the river Goyt. Once through the ruins of a former Industrial past, were soon traipsing past rivers and fields towards the picturesque Peak Forest Canal. This stretch of inland waterway is especially pretty due to the care and hard work that the canal folk spend on their craft…it really is idyllic.
All too soon we were back at the cars after a super walk of diverse scenery and fantastic weather..

A respectable distance of 19.5 miles…and about 3000 ft of climbing.

* SDWA.. Short Distance Walking Club


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