|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!
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.
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.
The steep path up the side of Nether Hey
The path soon meets the moorland and an award winning moorland at that
Howden Edge, the high point of South Yorkshire at 548m (1786 feet)
The path along Howden Edge, looking towards the High Stones.
The official high point of South Yorkshire, identified as High Stones on the OS maps.
A lovely spot for the trig point on Margery Hill. Complete with an eyesore on the horizon.
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.
The much eroded trig point at Outer Edge
I managed to follow these stakes through the trackless heather, down the hillside to a reasonable path that led back to the main path.
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.
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.
Pretty soon all this will be green and lush
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.
I chose the east side.
Returning to the towers at Howden dam
Obviously this is where all the dead wood gets blown to
The towers at Derwent dam again.