Peak District

Route: Grindsbrook

Area: Derbyshire, Peak District

Date of walk: 12th August 2016

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.9 miles

Ascent: 1,300 feet

Weather: Sun and blue skies – very windy on the tops

Today was the Glorious Twelfth, and a glorious day it was too as we parked in the little village of Edale for our first walk in the High Peak. Our intended route was up The Nab and along the edge of the Grindsbrook skyline, but our hearts sank as we started the climb only to be confronted by a sign on a gate announcing that the path was closed on account of shooting – the first day of the season

After looking at the OS map and chatting with another walker we soon came up with a Plan B and headed up the valley following the route of Grinds Brook. A delightful path through the heather took us gradually uphill until we reached Grindsbrook Clough, where the walk became a clamber over innumerable rocks and boulders. Some hand work was needed but it was easy going and there were no dangers or difficulties

We emerged onto open upland and followed a path along the edge to Grindslow Knoll, the high point of the walk at 1,960 feet. We didn’t linger here as there was a gale force wind that almost blew us off our feet. There followed an easy descent back down to the start, with stunning views of the Vale of Edale all the way down

It hadn’t been the walk we’d planned but it was a superb one all the same

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