Thursday, August 02, 2007

The Norton Charity Challenge 2007

The plan is to start in Edale, at the main car park. Public transport can be used, otherwise it costs £6 to park (lift sharing may be a good plan!)

From the main car park, the route heads south, past Hardenclough Farm, up towards Mam Nick.

The route climbs from Mam Nick to the summit of Mam Tor.

The next section of the walk follows the path along the ridge, past Hollins Cross to the summit of Lose Hill.

Careful navigation is needed from the top of Lose Hill, as there are loads of footpaths leading downhill. The route takes you into Hope, where there are public toilets, and the Woodbine Cafe does a nice pint of tea!

From Hope, it is a fairly gentle walk along the valley to Shatton. Part of the route is along a narrow road, so walk carefully.

After crossing back over the main road, the route joins the Derwent Valley Heritage Way, a 55 mile path that runs the length of the River Derwent. This section of the DVHW follows the route of the old railway that they used when building the Ladybower Reservoir.

At the reservoir, cross over the dam, and follow the signs to Heatherdene, where there are picnic tables and toilets.

From here, the route takes you up Crook Hill and along to Rowlee Farm. Here you cross the Snake Road, and head up on the other side for the last leg of the journey.

From Jaggers Clough, you get good views of the ridge where the walk started a few hours ago. The route takes you along the hillside and back in to Edale for a well earned rest!