When you’re doing an airport run very early in the morning, it would be a shame to waste the day.
I was also keen to try out the new navigation skills I’d been taught on a course run by Snowdonia Adventures. So, after leaving Manchester’s Terminal 2, I headed towards Hayfield and the Bowden Bridge car park (grid ref SK 048 869)
This is a pay and display car park just outside of the village.
There are toilets in the campsite over the road.
A plaque on the quarry wall of the car park commemorates the Mass Trespass which took place in 1932. This was a protest by around 400 ramblers to highlight the fact that walkers in England and Wales were denied access to areas of open country. It paved the way for legislation to establish the National Parks, and also the right to roam act in 2000.
It has been described as “the most successful direct action in British history”.
Taking a left out the car park, continue up Kinder Road, leaving the it to join the path which forks off to the left, this takes you along the side of Kinder Reservoir, then follow the signs to William Clough.
This is a bit of a climb, following alongside and occasionally crossing water courses but you are rewarded with some great views as you look back, particularly good today thanks to the nice weather.
The path is easy to follow and eventually meets the Pennine Way where you head East.
You can continue along this path, however, I took a detour to see the remains of two F-86 Sabre jets on Black Ashop Moor. The two aircraft came down in the 1950’s and the remains are still scattered around the area.
Useful grid references are:
SK 06926 89664 – Impact site
SK 07268 90236 – Wings, engine, landing gear.
SK 07300 90100 – Debris, electrical components
SK 07018 89679 – Stile 17) on the way to/from the crash sites
SK 07133 89996 – Stile 19
XD707 and XD730 were returning to RAF Linton-on-Ouse after an unsuccessful interception exercise. They appear to have either collided in cloud or flown into the western side of Kinder . Due to bad weather it was three days before the remains of the two aircraft found by a walker.
It’s a bit of a slog getting up from the moor back on to the Pennine Way but from here the walk gets a lot easier, that is the end of any big climbs.
Continue East towards Kinder Downfall which, to be honest, was more of a ‘Kinder Trickle’ when I was there.
Taking a South leads to the highest point of the walk, Kinder Low at 639m. Continue South then, near the Edale Cross, head West, leaving the Pennine Way.
The Kinder Cross marks the former junction of the three wards of the Forest of Peak, Glossop & Longdendale, Hopedale and Campagna. The date of the current cross is unknown, although it is thought to be mediaeval.
Passing Stony Ford, the path comes out at a track at Coldwell Clough, follow this back to the car park. Including the detour, this walk is around 9 and a half miles (15km).
A GPX file of this walk can be downloaded from ViewRanger.
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