I desperately wanted to get out today – I’ve not walked further than round the supermarket for three weeks as I’ve been resting my recently repaired knee – and the weather today was going to be perfect winter walking weather. And so it proved.
I selected a route along Stanage Edge, simply because there is access from the car to the edge without any prolonged climb and I really didn’t want to work the knee too hard on climbs – I wanted to test it on a long walk first. Long in a relative sense obviously. 8 miles was just about as much as I could risk I thought.
I arrived at the car park to a temperature of –7.5 degrees on the car computer, perfectly still, not a cloud in the sky and the sun just starting to show itself over the horizon. The winter solstice is the perfect time to watch a sunrise for those that don’t do early mornings. I love being out early, so this was no chore for me.
My knee held up really well and it had a good test, lots of slippery rocks and only the occasional twinge to report – hopefully I’ll get a couple more in before the end of the year now – lets just hope this fantastic weather holds up.
Sunrise behind Higger Tor, from the car park
Arriving on the Edge, looking back to the sun
The trig point on Stanage Edge (well one of two in fact, but this is called Stanage Edge.
My favourite shot of the day; trig point on Stanage Edge
Looking ahead now, with the sun rising behind me and lighting the world in a diffuse orange glow
Stanage Edge proper ahead in the sunlight
Looking back in time to see the sun rise above the rocks
Sublime light and what a sky!
Looking out over the High Peak
The other trig point on Stanage Edge, this one at High Neb
A rather odd water bowl carved from into the rock. I also found number 13 nearby, but no others that I could see
This isn’t a pool, this is the path, approaching Stanage End
Lose Hill, Mam Tor and Rushup Edge from Stanage
You can see why rock climbing is so popular along Stanage
The lower path is littered, quite literally, with dozens of old millstones – the time and effort that went into making these must be huge, just to be deserted – I guess their time came and went quite suddenly.
More millstones on the lower path
Its been wet recently, this cobbled path is completely frozen
The broken wall along Stanage Edge
The cloud is coming in from the west – but I’m almost back at the car.