15 May 2022
Castleton and the Long Ridge. Panoramic views through some of the most admired and stunning parts of the Peak District. The walk starts in the Hope Valley at the pretty village of Hope were the River Noe and Peakshole Water meet. There will be a steady climb up to Lose Hill with splendid views of Kinder Scout. The ridge is followed to Back Tor before dropping down to follow paths along the valley bottom into the atmospheric village of Edale, which is the start of the Pennine Way. Lunch will be taken here with a choice of Cooper’s Cafe or the Nag’s Head Inn. In the afternoon, we head for Harden Clough before heading across to Hollins Cross rejoining the ridge to get to Mam Tor. Mam means “mother hill” so called because frequent land slips on its eastern face resulted in a multitude of “mini-hills”beneath it. We will then head for the Blue John Cavern before heading to the top of Winnats Pass, where we will take an open-access route finishing at Casteton. Shorter walks will be available, perhaps going to Edale and then directly to Castleton. The total mileage will be about 12 miles for the longer route. The coach will leave Castleton at 5.45 pm, and hopefully we should arrive back early enough to have some refreshments. Coach pick-up points below. New people are always very welcome.
|“Staff of Life” pub, Hack Lane||Sutton-in-Ashfield||9.15am|
|Priestic Road, opp McDonald’s||Sutton-in-Ashfield||9.20am|
|Eastfield Side, (Blue Bell)||Sutton-in-Ashfield||9.22am|
|Hermitage Lane stop, Sutton Road||Mansfield||9.25am|
|ASDA bus stop. Stockwell Gate.||Mansfield||9.30am|