Edale - Upper Booth - Jacobs ladder - Kinder edges - Grindsbrook Clough - Ye Olde Nags Head. Me and pete's first ramble/hike/scramble
Start point car park Edale village, weather warm and sunny after 4 days of rain in peak district. walking buddy Pete.
Today we decided to do a circular walk starting from Edale village. After walking through the village we picked up our track at the start of the pennine way, following the foot path along farmers fields. Lots of sheep and lambs along this part of the walk. Great views of the valley all around, the Great Ridge to the south and a very imposing Kinder Scout to the north. After walking for a couple of miles along pretty farm meadows/fields we passed through Upper Booth, a small hamlet containing a farm and a handful of houses. Very picturesque.
Once through we headed along the track making our way to the foot of Jacobs Ladder, our first taste of the climb to get up onto Kinder Scout. We knew it was a steep footpath to follow but both underestimated how steep it is or its length. The path cuts into the hillside following a small stream up the increasingly steep valley and finishing on Kinder Scout. A farmer named Jacob Marshall who lived and farmed there during the latter half of the 1700s is reputed to have cut a rough stepped path from the Packhorse bridge to the top, allowing men with packhorses to cross this area. Poor sods!! I found it hard going at times but that just may be my general fitness. Upon reaching what we thought was the top Pete said what I was thinking when we he said, "Tell me that's not the path we are going up" or words to that effect, we thought we had reached the top and that it was just a hill in the background, then we noticed little ant things going up which we realised were people. This final path up to the top is called Swine's back and it was, (a swine) .
Once on the top the path flattened out and we followed the ridge of Kinder edge, fantastic path with loads to see as it has several rock formations. The first we came across was Edale rock which was just higher than our path, next r is Noe Stool shortly followed by Pym chair (photo's below). The next rocks are called the Woolpacks, which inamongst was set the "Pegoda",a huge chunk of rock, it grew and grew in size the closer we got. In order to give you an idea of how big it is I scrambled onto it (again photo below). After this we made our way along the ridge to our final rock formation Crowden Tower, from here we made our way to Grindsbrook Clough. This was our decent and our final surprise!! the map says it's a path, walking guides say it's a path, let me tell you it's never been a path. It's a very steep gorge/valley down off Kinder approximately 1 mile long which has boulder upon boulder piled upon one another of which you have to climb/scramble over. That said, what a decent!! fantastic is how I would describe it, very dramatic, very impressive, and it had waterfalls!!!. It was hard going getting down BUT! very worth while. At the bottom the path meanders through meadows and woods before you arrive back in Edale village. At this point we made a bee line straight for the Ye Old Nags Head and a well earned pint of their finest ale, Saxon Blonde, a perfect pint to end a perfect days hike..