Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Edale - Mam Tor - Lose Hill Circular

Date:                   Sunday, 2nd October 2011
Start/Finish:         Edale NT Car Park
Distance:             11.2 miles
Time Taken:         6 hours (approx)
Companion(s):      HumperLumper (Rich), DonnaNook, Sleepy (Rich), Frankie and Daisy

Route Map:



This small WF meet was somewhat hastily arranged but, it was greatly enjoyed and appreciated....especially by, Frankie and Daisy.........and me!

Everything went according to plan and I collected Rich, Donna & Frankie from their home just before 8am and we headed over to Edale to meet Sleepy and Daisy. Sleepy slept in (or dithered about a bit too much - not sure which lol) so we had to wait a few minutes for him to arrive.  We thought that we would treat ourselves to a coffee whilst we waited but, the coffee shop in Edale was closed.   We were most disappointed, especially me as I had left the rainy North East at 5.30am in the pitch black dark and hadn't stopped for breakfast on the way!

However, we didn't have to wait for Sleepy and Daisy for more than a few minutes and, once everyone was ready, we set out on our walk at about 9.15am. The weather prospects were good for the day but, to be honest, it turned out to be mostly hot and humid - not my favourite conditions!  We did catch a light rain shower towards the end of the walk but, not enough to cause any concern.

Anyway......on with the walk.

We set out from Edale and headed up towards Mam Tor summit. From there, we followed the path along the range to Back Tor and then Lose Hill (is there a cafe up here or something? - So many people milling around, I was sure there was a BOGOF offer that I had missed the coupon for lol - I was still dreaming about that coffee obviously lol).   From Lose Hill, we descended quite steeply from the heights and then followed the wonderful field and woodland paths beside the river to return along the Edale Valley, via a couple of welcome refreshment stops at Edale YHA and the local pub, to return to our start point.

As usual, I took rather a lot of photos en route.

Setting out from Edale....




Looking back across Edale on the start of the ascent to Mam Tor....



Looking back from a bit higher up....




On the way up the steepest part of the climb to Mam Tor summit, looking over to Speedwell Mine...


Looking down and across Edale from Mam Tor summit....



....and the photos on the summit....



...trying to get Daisy and Frankie to pose....



Looking at the view on the Castleton side of the ridge....


We continue on the flagged path along the ridge...


A few pics of the wonderful views en-route....









Looking back at the way we had come....



Looking back as we start to head towards Back Tor....



Ascending to Back Tor summit .....



Part way up, looking down into the Edale Valley....


Continuing the ascent....


Frankie at the top....


Looking back along the ridge....


.....and down into Edale again....


....and then, the way ahead to the summit of Lose Hill....


Sleepy and Daisy on the summit of Back Tor...


.....and Rich, Donna and Frankie.....



Moving on again along the ridge path....




The summit of Lose Hill.....



Daisy enjoys chasing sheep and was obviously ready for Sunday Lunch!


So, we had a rest stop here in a pleasant spot, just down from the summit, enjoying the view over the Edale Valley...








With everyone refuelled, we continued on our way with a fairly steep descent from Lose Hill...


Once at the bottom of the hill, we begin the return leg of our walk and follow the field paths along the side of the River Noe.  Stopping to allow Frankie and Daisy to have some fun in the water.....









Playtime over.....it's back to the walk...


...with Rich 'leading' the way...


Looking back at Lose Hill along the way...


Passing a farm....


Looking at the ridge again....



We cross the river and follow the path along the other side through a bit of woodland...






Coming out of the woodland, we enjoy the views again....












The we headed through Backside Wood....




Before taking the lower level path that would lead us all the way to Edale YHA enjoying the views of the range along the way....










Now approaching Edale YHA.....


And, after stopping for a cold drink break, we then completed the last mile or two back to the car park in Edale - visiting the local hostelry on the way of course!




With one last look up to Mam Tor too...


Another brilliant day out, in excellent company and in good weather too.  Another good dose of much needed therapy for me and I can't thank you all enough for sharing your company with me on a most wonderful day :-) I hope you all enjoyed it as much as me....xx

1 comment:

  1. Nice trip report Yvonne, what we doing next then? Lol

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