An Edgy walk to the Derwent - March 2017

14 walkers met at Grindleford Station approach to walk the edges on a cloudy day that promised rain and wind.

We walked past Totley Tunnel entrance and on up Padley Gorge to lower Burbage, a busy place on a fine day with families picnicking and enjoying the stream. We continued on to the edge of Burbage, where we encountered stronger winds then to upper Burbage Bridge and made our way to Stanage edge where we had our morning break in the shelter of the rocks.

We continued on up to the edge where photos were taken at the trig point then along the edge where we encountered much stronger winds and water spouts where streams falling over the edge were blown back on to the edge but we had some great views when the opportunity arose. Because of the very strong winds we descended to the lower path below the edge and encountered heavy rain with high winds.

We continued on past deserted mill stones long forgotten and to the A57 road which we crossed at Moscar Lodge, then past the lodge and on to old coach roads and made our way down past Ladybower Inn and on towards Bamford. As we got to the dam due to the rain we observed water flowing over and into the plughole a sight worth seeing. We continued on looking forward to our stop at the Anglers at Bamford and had a much needed stop for rest and refreshments. Whilst in the pub the rain clouds blew over a much needed sunshine appeared.

The afternoon saw us continue down the Derwent valley on a very muddy path where Aaron did his dying swan but no camera handy and made our way down to Hathersage Booths following the river and then back to our starting point at Grindleford Station.

Well done to Peter leading such a good walk on a very difficult day.