An excited coachful of some 44 travellers set off for the Palace Hotel in Buxton on the Torbay Rambling Club’s Autumn Holiday, Monday 18th September, organised by Mandy L.
The journey was long, due to traffic hold-ups but our cheery driver Reg kept us entertained with his knowledge and wit and Ken and Jacqui’s ‘doubles’ Quiz was also great fun. We finally unloaded our luggage at around 5.15pm and hastily checked in, ready for dinner at 6pm.
Most of the group enjoyed a post dinner drink and turned in, ready for the events of the following three days.
Day One – Tuesday 19th
As planned in the very detailed itinerary, there were two walks each day and a variety of excursions on offer.
The 19 A walkers undertook a 9 mile circular route from Mam Tor, led by David Bennett of the Buxton Rambling Group, the B walkers a very similar walk from Edale, led by Marie Critchley also from Buxton Ramblers. We were blessed with a glorious day and some panoramic views.
The A walkers went along the Mam Tor Ridge (Mam Tor or ‘mother hill”, so called because frequent landslips on its eastern face have resulted in a multitude of ‘mini-hills’ beneath it). We could see Edde Head, Edde Village being the start of the Penine Way going North and the Hope Valley in the South where we were to descend.
Tea was taken at Hollins Cross and our climb was rewarded with a memorable view across the ridge and down the Valley. We had lunch in the charming village of Castleton, dating back to Norman times when Peverill Castle was built. An hour here to enjoy the visitor centre and the warm sunshine. There are several mining cottages in Castleton, lead mining being the main industry in the 1700 and 1800’s. We also circumnavigated the cement works, a more modern industry of the area.
B walkers started from Edale and also took tea at Hollins Cross before turning east back to Mam Tor. They went then to Rushup Ridge for their lunch and walked west for a while before turning South down to Chapel Gate to join the road, turning East then back to Barber Booth.
A Walkers extended their walk by taking the path from Castleton, up Cavedale to the open moor. It was a tricky climb but a picturesque steep sided valley not dissimilar to Cheddar Gorge on a smaller scale made for stunning scenes.
Peverill Castle towered above us on the right hand side of the valley.
The A Group finally met with the coach again, B walkers already on board and all returned to The Palace, many having enjoyed a wonderful first experience of the Peak District, all feeling fortunate for the sunshine and clear skies.