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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Christmas Day in Edale 2014

After having a most wonderful Christmas morning spent in the company of our beautiful daughter and our most beautiful first granddaughter having her very first Christmas, we decided that it would be a good idea to make the most of the afternoon by having a good walk in EDALE, a favourite of ours in the PEAK DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK. We kept it short and sweet by following the path that takes us beside Grindsbrook, a stream that falls down the valley from the Kinder Scout plateau. We have done this before a couple of times and it's a good and interesting way up to the plateau with a choice of paths to take, depending on time and weather conditions. As we only had a few hours our route was to take us round to the summit of GRINDSLOW KNOLL @ 601m / 1872ft and then straight back down the bank to Edale village and back to the car. The weather was quite cool but very breezy on the summit. It did remain dry with a mixture of blue sky and dark clouds. An easy to follow path that soon becomes a bit rocky as it goes up beside he stream. It can get a bit wet after heavy rain and there is a small amount of scrambling but nothing out of the ordinary. It can get very icy and more dangerous in freezing weather but then it is also a really pleasant route in good sunny warm weather.
Our route
Off we go on the well laid out path
Golden Clough Bridge
Easy to follow path
Getting a bit more rocky now
Onwards and upwards
Carefully does it
It wasn't me, honest!

Good job there's been little rain here
The last little scramble to the top

And rest :-)
Straight forward walk to the summit
Wind surfing on Grindslow Knoll Summit
A380 flyover
The way back to Edale with the Mam Tor ridge as a backdrop
The Partridge family
Mam Tor Ridge over Edale

After we arrived back home it rained for about an hour but stopped in time for us to enjoy a couple of festive drinks while enjoying an open fire. A great Christmas 2014 :-)

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