Glossop Circular Walk

Glossop Circular Walk (Sat Aug 22) Report

The numbers of entrants to my walk having doubled since the last one I led, I got to Glossop railway station in plenty of time for any possible gate crashers. At last Dave Allen and Pete Whitehead appeared (The Two Chemists), my only two followers on another grey and bleary day, Dave importantly stressing to me that his LDWA number was 1979.

By then it was drizzling and the walk opened with the usual discussion of how long it would be, having put on our over trousers, before we would be having to take them off. My estimate of 15 minutes soon proved wrong besides which I was starting to think along with waterproofs, goggles should be packed in to rucksacks because the acid content of rain after a while stings the eyes.

We took the path from the derelict mill near the snake road that climbs up to Whitfield Barn farm then the one from Gnat Mole to join the Pennine Way at Mill Hill.

Pete kindly mended a gate to a field. This was because the first person of the day we passed was not a farmer but a local resident just keen on using his drill on this gate.  Pete held a part of the gate for him.

By the time we got towards the top of Chunal Moor we were swallowed up in complete mist. We were glad to reach the terra firma of the path from the former Grouse pub to Mill Hill. At Mill Hill we stopped for something to eat. Eating  sandwiches in the persistent drizzle of rain at this exposed spot, I thought, was not so good a hobby. I was getting cold too and was glad when we started moving. On the way to the top of the snake pass the weather improved and vistas of hills and sunshine appeared. Dave said the patterns on all the slabs of the path were fascinating (for him) .Although with the passage of time a few of them had sunk into the peat, causing myself in trainers to get wet feet, they are certainly a great improvement on the olden days when for Pennine Way walkers slithering around and about Featherbed Moss was no light experience.

At Hern Clough I took a compass bearing west uphill to the ridge at Higher Shelf Stones allowing us to admire the 1948 aircraft wreck alongside it where the aluminium is still wearing well. Recently someone has planted a USA flag there.

After another stop, we had a very pleasant descent along Shelf Moor to Mossy Lea Farm at the bottom and finally the well- known farm track to Old Glossop. We then walked through Manor Park back to the railway station.

The café had just closed when we got there and a train was in, about to leave so that Pete was unable to show me the cross section of the walk, which his wrist machine had done but I understand it was 13 miles with 2000 feet of ascent and 2000 of descent.

In and out of a nice doze on the return train journey to Piccadilly these were the bits of the walk I remembered.  Happy walking….

David Wright