Murphy completed 8.7 miles with over 3000 feet of ascent in conquering Kinder Scout. As you might expect the route was dog friendly with no stiles but some care was necessary not least, in Murphy’s case, because there were plenty of sheep on the hills. There were bovines too at Oaken Clough on the way down. These included the biggest Herefordshire bull Alan has seen in a long while; happily, he wasn’t at all interested in us!
Our route started in Hayfield on Kinder Road. We started the climb via the famous bridleway used by the mass trespass in 1932 to leave Kinder Scout and where some of the leaders were arrested. The first section is also Snake Path; an earlier victory for public access to the hills. We followed the path and bridleway up to a T junction just below a couple of buildings. The path goes left to Glossop but we turned right to follow the bridleway towards the reservoir (marked to Edale at first). We stayed left of the reservoir and climbed above it, then descended to cross a bridge before climbing to the ridge path at Kinder Scout (Pennine Way).
As predicted we heard Grouse – but only saw one.
Once on the ridge we turned right (south east) and followed the clear path with its deep peat on the left, great views to the right and rocky gritstone outcrops along the way. It was blowing a hooley so the downfall was spectacular with its ‘blowback’ sending spray back uphill. Sadly my ‘phone camera didn’t really capture how impressive it was.
We kept to The Pennine Way as it turned south along the ridge but where it turns east, we turned right on to a much more minor path (west). We followed this down over Oaken Clough and Broad Clough then close to the trees above the reservoir. When we reached the road we turned left and followed it back to Hayfield passing our start point en-route.
We took a map and recommend this – it’s Outdoor Leisure 1, The Peak District, Dark Peak area.