- Range Walking Club
- Sunday 13th June 1982-The Peak District (Walk
Cancelled Due to Lack of Support)
- The next outing for the walking group will take place on Sunday 13th
June, and it will be in the South Western area of the Peak District, in
Derbyshire and Cheshire. The coach will leave the school at 8.15 a.m. so
please assemble in good time. There will be a short convenience stop at
Knutsford on the way to the various starting points. There are good
facilities for refreshments at Tittesworth Reservoir, where the 'A' and
'B' groups will finish their walks, and to which the 'C' party will be
driven when they have finished their walk in the Dovedale area. Parts of
the 'A' and 'B' walks could be boggy in places so it is important that
boots be worn. If the weather is hot, be, sure to bring plenty to drink,
for there is no refreshment available on either of these walks and the 'A'
Party has a longer hike than usual. However, it is not too strenuous, and
the climbs are gentle. We expect to be back in Formby by about 7.30 p.m.
The cost of the walks is £2.50 for adults and £1.50 for children.
Details of the walks are given below. Please indicate which one you are
likely to join, on the return, slip below, which should be returned to
school not later than Thursday, 27 May 1982.
- The Party will leave from Tegg's Nose Country Park, overlooking
Macclesfield. (grid ref 950733). Unlike most of our walks it will start
with a considerable descent, it will then skirt three reservoirs,
including Ridgegate Reservoir, before climbing gently, first through
forest, and then onto grassland, to the summit of Shuttlingsloe (976697)
which is a splendid vantage point. A steep descent to the little village
of Wildboar Clough follows, before a further ascent which leads up to
meadows, and along to Three Shires Head (009685), a delightful place for a
lunch break. The party will then descend gently along the valley of the
Dane past Gradbach, from which point the route will be the same as that
followed by the 'B' party, which is described below.
Distance: 17½ miles.
- Total ascent 2,500 ft. This is a long walk, but it
will be taken gently and we shall have at least 7 hours in which to
Leader: Mr P Ferguson.
- The walk starts at Flash (025675) on the A53 from Buxton to Leek.
This is reputed to be the highest village in England. The party will
descend to Gradbach, following a tributary of the river Dane. It will then
visit Ludd's Church (a natural chasm with walls 60ft high) before
continuing to climb gently through woods up to the Roaches at Bearstone
Rock (997655). If the weather is fine the two mile ridge walk provides
magnificent views and an opportunity to see numerous rock climbing parties
on the gritstone of the Western faces. There are also some spectacular
rock formations resulting from erosion. A steep descent to a road, which
is followed for a short distance, is followed by the home stretch, over
meadows, to the Tittesworth Reservoir (994603).
Distance: approx. 9 miles
- Ascent - about 1000 ft. the pace will be
Leader: Mr David Guiver
- The party will start from the small village of Calton (6 miles
North-west of Ashbourne) which preserves its mediaeval plan. The party
leaves the village by a green lane, joining the road for a short distance,
and then following a footpath through typical White Peak pasture land. A
dry valley with steep wooded slopes leads down to the Manifold Valley. The
route continues through Parkland to Llam (which may be crowded if the
weather is good). The party will then pass the Izaak Walton Hotel, and
reach the mouth of the Dove Gorge. The more energetic members of the party
may like to climb to the top of Thorpe Cloud (942 ft.) but this is not
Distance: 5 or 6 miles. No difficult sections.
- Leader Mr Ken Lamb.