My Kinder Scout Project
I really enjoyed last week’s walk up Fair Brook and onto the Kinder plateau. Despite the mud (see walk summary here). It got me thinking about all the other routes I’d used to reach the huge, peaty summit of Kinder. I could think of at least five just off the top of my head and that got me wondering just how many established routes up there actually were. By established I mean a path on the ground, ideally showing up on the OS 1:25k scale map as a dotted black line, or a green Right of Way path. I decided it would be good to try and use them all, at some point, during 2014.
The first thing I did was to open up Memory Map and load in Explorer001, the Dark Peak 25k scale map. I worked anti-clockwise around the edge of Kinder, starting from the western most tip, near Mill Hill and marked off all the routes that I could see up to the edge. In theory the number of routes up is infinite, hence the qualification I mentioned earlier about using established tracks. I added a couple of obvious possible routes up that don’t have a track on the OS map, one of these is the route from Mermaid’s Pool (SK 075886) up the side of River Kinder, up the Downfall and onto the edge. There is no path here and it may not even be possible to ascend right beside the river without ropes and equipment, but I’ve been up the side of the valley there before and I’d like to revisit it, so it goes onto the list!
All in all I found 16 routes up and I list them here for reference, with a handy Memory Map screenshot below them to identify them.
- William Clough >> path from Mill Hill
- Up the Downfall
- via the Three Knolls
- Oaken Clough >> Edale Rocks
- Upper Booth >> Jacobs Ladder >> Edale Rocks
- Upper Booth >> Crowden Brook
- Grindsbrook Booth >> Gridslow Knoll
- Grindsbrook Booth >> Grindsbrook Clough
- Grindsbrook Booth >> Golden Clough
- Vale of Edale (or Grindsbrook Booth) >> Oller Brook >> Ringing Roger
- Jaggers Clough
- Crookstone Hill >> Crookstone Knoll
- Upper Ashop >> Shooting Cabin >> Crookstone Knoll
- Blackden Brook
- Gate Side Clough
- Fair Brook
UPDATE: Newly added routes thanks to commenters:
17. Edale YHA >> Lady Brook Booth
18. Edale Skyline from Mam Tor >> Rushup Edge >> Brown Knoll >> Edale Rocks
19. Hollingworth Head >> Burnt Hill >> Mill Hill
20. Ashop Clough >> path from Mill Hill
21. Kinder Reservoir >> Sandy Heys
22. Broadlee-Bank Tor >> Grindslow Knoll
I will revisit the routes I’ve used previously and try to get them all into the 2014 calendar year, which means doing one every three weeks or so. Picking a new route for the weekend can often be a frustrating and time consuming business. Sometimes the routes just pop into my head during the week, as I sit at my desk, trying to escape to the hills in the only way that’s possible in that environment, but other times they can be damned elusive and I can spend hours in the evenings looking for inspiration on various websites and chatting to people on Twitter. Having a set of destinations pre-defined at the beginning of the year will hopefully help me focus my attentions.
The only downside to this approach is that my hill and trig point bagging activities this year will be somewhat restricted, but perhaps that’s not such a huge price to pay. I told myself a year or so ago that I will no longer be a “slave to the list“. Lists can provide a focus to walking plans, helping you widen your scope of walking areas and covering new terrain, but sometimes the list takes over and actual enjoyment wanes. I’m hoping this project will contribute more than it removes.
So the plan is to ascend via all these routes at some point this year. I will probably try and descend each of them as well, I do need to get down from the summit each time of course, so it makes sense to try and use a different route down, but the key goal is to use each route as the way up to the plateau. I will also make sure that I cover every section of the perimeter too – I’ve noticed a gap in my edge coverage during the research for this project, so that’s another goal to include.
If you know of any other routes that you would classify as “established”, that I have not spotted then please feel free to add them to the list – just drop me a comment below.