What wonderful weather it’s been today (Saturday) – far too good to waste on mundane things. A walk was definitely called for.
Geoff is currently recovering from a bout of ‘man-flu’, so didn’t quite feel up to going on Kinder, but was nevertheless keen to get out. So we decided to do ‘our circuit’. (It’s a bit sad really, but we have names for routes that we regularly do.)
This circuit is just under 7 miles long and takes in Lantern Pike and Matley Moor on the western side of the A624, and then crosses over to the eastern side of the road to take in Carr Meadow (at the bottom of Hollingworth Clough) and Middle Moor, before dropping back down to go past Park Hall. The A624 is then crossed again at Little Hayfield and a path picked up to go back to Hayfield.
The road that you initially take out of our village is known as the Sitch and this climbs up towards the track that goes off towards Lantern Pike.
Looking back towards the village:
Lantern Pike is usually quite a windy spot, but not today. There are some great views of Kinder from the top.
On the far side of Lantern Pike a track is picked up, which takes you round to Matley Moor.
This route also happens to go past the farmhouse that I grew up in as a teenager.
When we bought the farm mind, in the early 70s, it didn’t look anything like that. It was only half the size and practically a ruin. It only had one ‘habitable’ room in it and no electricity or running water. We moved in regardless though, and my dad spent all his spare time for about seven years, doing it up and building an extension which doubled the size of the place. After we moved in it was about 12 months before we had any electricity and then a further 6 months before the running water got sorted! It was actually great fun, and I have wonderful memories of it.
This was the view of Kinder that I used to have from my bedroom window.
I’m sure I didn’t really realise how lucky I was!
After crossing the A624 we stopped for lunch just above Carr Meadow.
A bridge takes you across the stream in Hollingworth Clough and then there’s a short climb onto Middle Moor.
Dropping down to Park Hall there’s a small ford, leading to a short, picturesque lane that takes you to Little Hayfield.
Little Hayfield is then only 10 minutes walk from home.
It was a lovely walk, in beautiful weather and has only been marred by the fact that Tilly has obviously hurt one of her front paws with all her manic dashing about, and is currently hopping round the house on three legs, feeling very sorry for herself!