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Long-ARS a week on Saturday

2nd May 2017 @ 6:06am – by Jean Stainthorpe
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Steve Elliott is leading the next Long-ARS walk on 13th May, a week on Saturday. Please note you need to advise him in advance if you are going, see below:

His description of the walk is:-
Shining Tor, Cats Tor, 19.2km (12ml) and 570m (1,870ft) height gain. There are a few, dog friendly stiles and apart for ascending through the peat moorland up to Shining Tor, is fairly mud free.

The walk starts at 9.30am from the Derbyshire Bridge Hikers Car Park (just off the A537 between Buxton and Cats Fiddle – access is down a little road just opposite the A537/A54 junction) – OS Map Reference: SK 01795 71584. Its free and there is a loo there.

A gentle start along the upper Goyt valley before gently rising through forestry towards Shining Tor. A stiff 1km climb up some peaty moorland and then a gentler rise onto Shining Tor – the highest point of the walk at 559m – is rewarded by a coffee stop and (hopefully) splendid views in all directions – well worth the effort!!

The next 5km is a gentle stroll along the moors taking in Cats Tor descending past Pym Chair and Windgather Rocks – a popular place to learn rock climbing. The route then leaves the moors to descend through a woodland valley before finally reaching the Goyt Valley and Fernilee Reservoir.

The remaining 6.5 km are a gentle walk alongside this Fernilee and Errwood reservoirs (OK there a couple of brief 50m ascents) and then along the old packhorse route along the Goyt to return to Derbyshire Bridge. It should take 6 hours approximately.

Important

Several ARS members, including the walk leaders, are staying in Buxton for the weekend. So, anyone coming from Audlem for the walk needs to contact Steve Elliott (AOL says: ARS members have Steve's contact details by email but let AudlemOnline know if you are a non-member and we will pass your details on) to let him know that you are coming. You should plan to be leaving Audlem at 8.00am.

NB All walkers must have suitable footwear and be prepared for adverse weather, carry food and water to last for the entire walk and be suitably fit for the various lengths of walk.
Each walk is led by a nominated leader who will carry some first-aid equipment. The leader has the right to refuse to include in a group anyone who is felt not be adequately equipped.


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