2015 09 19 Three Feathers part 3


Joint walk with East Lancs

3rd Feather report. 26 miles, 5400ft ascent.
A surprising number of 22 walkers set off from the Yorkshire Bridge Inn at 09:00 on a lovely but cool morning.
After a short walk downhill to cross the River Derwent at Yorkshire Bridge, we started the steep climb through the woods to the summit of Win Hill. After re-grouping, we headed down to cross the River Noe and the Edale Road before starting the ascent of Lose Hill. We had a short break at the top.
With an almost cloudless sky and a light breeze, we followed the ridge past Hollins Cross to Mam Tor, dodging runners doing the High Peak 40 challenge.
After crossing the road and heading for Lord’s Seat, we were warned of oncoming mountain bikers who were also in an event. It was all happening!
Soon we turned right to pass the top of Jacob’s Ladder and joined the Pennine Way, with lots of speculation as to what the large structure was in the middle of the moor. I thought it was a vent for the Cowburn Tunnel, but I wasn’t sure as all the other vents I’ve seen were round. This is square with castellations around the top.
On we went past Kinder Low to Kinder Downfall where we stopped for lunch with views down to Kinder Reservoir and Hayfield.
Soon after lunch we left the Pennine Way to follow Ashop Clough to the Snake Road just above the Snake Inn. Across the road and up through the woods to Oyster Clough where I was made aware that one of the walkers had fallen and hurt his knee. Unfortunately he had to retire when we got near to the Snake Road for the second time.
We had our last short break after crossing the River Ashop, then it was time for the 2nd ascent of Win Hill via Hope Cross.
All that remained now was the steep descent down through the woods back to Yorkshire Bridge and up to the Inn.
Thanks to everybody who supported the 3 Feathers walks, and also those who just did one or two.
Well done to those who completed all three.
Ken Noble.

Photos from Julie - click here    Photos from Ken - click here