Walk Report: Margery Hill

Date: 9th Feb 2008
Stats: 12.0 miles, 2600 feet
Weather: Fine clear day, light wind, cold on tops, no rain
Trig Points: 2: TP4652 – Margery, TP5253 – Outer Edge
County Tops: 1: Howden Edge (South Yorkshire)
Other Info: Parking at Fairholmes, £3 for the day, with toilets
Summary: Fairholmes, Derwent Reservoir shoreline, Nether Hey, Howden Edge, Margery Hill, Outer Edge, Broadhead Clough, Cold Side, Howden and Derwent reservoir shorelines, Fairholmes


Key to symbols:
= Trig Point     = County Top

I was expecting a lot of hard underfoot road walking today, following the track beside the reservoirs, but on top it would be completely different, with potentially knee deep bogs, lots of standing water and peat hags – welcome to the Peat District!

Margery Hill from Fairholmes
A cold and frosty start, but clear blue skies boded well for the rest of the day. Mist still clinging to the towers on the Derwent dam.
Margery Hill from Fairholmes
Looking towards the towers on the Howden dam. There’s a lot of water spilling over them. The hill in the background is Nether Hey with my path clearly visible.
Margery Hill from Fairholmes
The steep path up the side of Nether Hey
Margery Hill from Fairholmes
The path soon meets the moorland and an award winning moorland at that
Margery Hill from Fairholmes
Howden Edge, the high point of South Yorkshire at 548m (1786 feet)
Margery Hill from Fairholmes
The path along Howden Edge, looking towards the High Stones.
Margery Hill from Fairholmes
The official high point of South Yorkshire, identified as High Stones on the OS maps.
Margery Hill from Fairholmes
A lovely spot for the trig point on Margery Hill. Complete with an eyesore on the horizon.
Margery Hill from Fairholmes
The path across Featherbed Moss (one of about 6 or 7 in the area) towards the trig point at Outer Edge. Not as boggy as I expected, but I still ended up calf deep on one or two occasions.
Margery Hill from Fairholmes
The much eroded trig point at Outer Edge
Margery Hill from Fairholmes
I managed to follow these stakes through the trackless heather, down the hillside to a reasonable path that led back to the main path.
Margery Hill from Fairholmes
The River Derwent runs down this valley towards Howden Reservoir, then on into Derwent reservoir. My path runs along Cold Side, left of the river.
Margery Hill from Fairholmes
A tricky path to follow at stages. I completely missed this path down the hillside and instead spent a frustrating 10 minutes clambering through heather and across two streams to the opposite side of the clough.
Margery Hill from Fairholmes
Pretty soon all this will be green and lush
Margery Hill from Fairholmes
Lone cyclist on the bridge at Slippery Stones. This is where you decide which side of the valley you wish to walk down to return to Fairholmes.
Margery Hill from Fairholmes
I chose the east side.
Margery Hill from Fairholmes
Returning to the towers at Howden dam
Margery Hill from Fairholmes
Obviously this is where all the dead wood gets blown to
Margery Hill from Fairholmes
The towers at Derwent dam again.

lonewalker

Fell-walker, trig-pointer, peak-bagger, Wainwright-er & Pennine Way author, with a passion for long paths, malt whisky, fast cars & Man City

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