via Blackden Brook

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Date: 2015-02-14
From: A57 Layby    To: A57 Layby
Distance: 7.6 mls, 12.23 km
Height Gain: 1700 ft, 518.2 m

Parking at: SK 12980 89500
View parking space in: OS Map or Google Street View
Route Description: Blackden Brook, Blackden Edge, Crookstone Out Moor, Crookstone Hill, Blackley Hey, Upper Ashop, Snake Road

Start Time: 08:10    End Time: 11:50    Duration: 03:40
Ave Speed: 2.0 mph

Region: Peak District
Notes: Misty and cold all day, but no wind. Ascent of Blackden Brook is my new favourite way to gain the Kinder Plateau. Wonderful track beside the brook, with steep scramble at the end, which today was covered in drifts which meant I had to divert up a steep snow slope to gain the edge. Tough going from that point on with deep drifts in the groughs, most of which would not take my weight and I was waist deep on many occasions. Even managed to break through a snow bridge over a hidden stream and that was interesting! Great days walking on the edge, with only a couple of other walkers seen as they ascended Crookstone.

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