The next Long-ARS (Audlem Ramblers Society) walk is to be led by Anton Woolford. Here is his description:
This April walk has both A and B Walk options – and so has something for both groups.
From the car park at Barber Booth (S33 7ZJ – SK107847), we head across the sheep fields to Edale and so begin the climb up Grindsbrook Clough. There are some scrambling options for the A group at the top, though the B group ascent a defined rocky path to Kinder Edge.
Once on Kinder, the lovely views (weather permitting) pick out well known Peak District tops.
Following the Edge northwards, we pass Crowden Tower at 2000ft, the Wool Packs and Pym Chair – iconic features of weathered gritstone that define this area.
A short climb up Swine Back leads us to lunch at the medieval Edale Cross – although re-erected in 1810 is reputed to be dated from 1157!
The B Walkers may descent Jacob's Ladder from here and proceed back to the CP. Their walk would give a worthy 8 miles and 1680ft of climb.
For the A Walkers, the route will drop away from Edale Cross on the Hayfield route before heading north on a contour path around Kinder low End and across the top of Cluther Rocks.
Reaching Red Brook, walkers may climb up the brook itself so testing their fitness and scrambling skills (or go up an alternative more straightforward climb).
Now on top of Kinder plateau, the walk crosses to Kinder Low Trig (at 633m, 2076ft the highest point on Kinder) and then drops to join Jacob's Ladder and the B Walkers path back down to Barber Booth and the cars.
Hoping for good weather – see you at Audlem car park at 8.00am
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