We started at a layby on the A57 called Cutthroat Bridge! Good start eh? Then headed up onto the moor first crossing a small stream. The sound of the traffic was pretty loud to start but, as we gained height, it gradually receded.
Once we hit the moor proper, the path deteriorated into what look like a peaty quagmire. Luckily, it was frozen sold so we weren't slipping a sliding around. This was, to be honest, one of the reasons I chose this route as I knew it would be a good time to do it! Aren't I clever....tee hee....
The first view of Win Hill's distinctive peak to the right behind Rich.
Gorgeous misty blue views. I bemoaned the lack of my big camera as it might have picked out the weak, milky rays of sunlight flickering through the cloud which you can't see in this shot.
These pics are somewhat frustrating as the conditions were not brilliant; overcast and not bright. You could see that it was brighter in the distance so we were hopeful of some sunshine later though...
Below is a view over to Bamford Edge and Bamford Moor.
At the end of this section you reach Derwent Edge and can peak over into Derwent valley. Below is the top section of the Ladybower reservoir. Lazy Shelagh heads down the hill of course although that is NOT wherre we were going...
We headed out along Derwent Edge and could see the sunshine creeping closer to us from behind.
The Edge stretches out in front of us.
The girls take in the view. Shelagh HATES having her photo taken. She has an uncanny knack of knowing exactly when I'm about to press the shutter and turns away a split second beforehand. So then I have to make her pose for me which she hates, as you can see from her expression. Minty, on the other hand, is quite relaxed, just taking in the air.
Due to time constraints we turned off the Edge itself and followed a path running below it. Above us loomed the rocks of Winstanlea Tor
Then we had a choice: Derwent of course - Moscar is MILES away!
Finally the sun came out to play for a brief moment! Doesn't everything look lovely in the sunshine?
We're heading downhill now, towards the reservoirs.
Eventually you descend below the heather line and into meadows. This paths seems ancient, carved deeply into the land like a stream. It's on National Trust land so well cared for and yesterday was littered with various volunteers chopping down saplings and doing various useful jobs.
Hey - they're drawn by the pupils of Bamford Primary school. Cool.
Here we are at lakeside. I liked the way the milky sunshine was hitting the water looking more like moonlight than sunshine.