Windy, wet and grey – last weekend had a lot in common with other weekends I’ve spent in the Peak District at this time of year. It was still fun though, particularly as I set out to go to bits of the Peak District I’d not been to before. This meant heading around the edge of the moors to the East of Kinder Scout on Saturday.
My route up Grindsbrook Clough.
Walking up Grindsbrook Clough to get onto a windy Kinder Scout.
Looking down Grindsbrook Clough.
One of the many fords I crossed when walking around the edge of Kinder.
Looking across to Grindsbrook Clough from the edge of the moor.
Look towards Jaggers Clough, with Ladybower Reservoir just visible in the distance, from Crookstone Out Moor. I didn’t get much further than this before I got the full force of the wind and decided to turn around.
By Sunday the wind had become so strong that walking around the tops looked impractical (and certainly like a lot of hard work). So, I did a pleasant walk along one of the shores of Ladybower Reservoir and into the woods on the ridge above. The trees and the ridge gave good shelter from the wind that was whipping up waves on the reservoir and bending the trees on the opposite shore. When we broke cover from the trees near the top of the ridge, the wind slammed into us and everyone in the group agreed it was time to head back.
One of the water intakes at Ladybower Reservoir.
Walking along the Ladybower Reservoir, there were interesting views of the surrounding hills and the opposite shore.
Ladybower Reservoir in the Woodlands Valley.
From the lakeside, I walked up through the woods towards Wooler Knoll.
When I got to the ridge above the Woodlands Valley, the wind hit really hard. These sheep were sheltering from the wind (the photo is out of focus as the wind was so strong I couldn’t stay still enough to take a decent photo), and we followed their lead. We gave up the idea of walking up Winhill Pike, and stuck to the tree line until we could take a path back to the reservoir.