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Route: Burbage Edge, Padley Gorge, Carl’s Wark, Higgar Tor Meet at: Burbage Bridge car park on the Ringinglow Road, overlooking Burbage North crag. Postcode S32 1BR, OS map reference SK264826. As an environmentally conscious group, we actively encourage car sharing. Further details of car sharing arrangements from Sheffield and elsewhere will appear in the comments section nearer the time. This pleasant circular hike takes in the contrasting landscapes of wild windswept crags and a lush green wooded valley. Burbage Edge is the second longest of the famous Peak District gritstone edges and as a highly popular rock climbing venue it is also a place that many of us are already very familiar with. This entertaining outing will give us the opportunity to explore the entire 3 km length of the crag as well as taking in the atmospheric tranquillity of Padley Gorge and other interesting features including the site of an ancient fort and a Hollywood film location! As an added bonus there will be plenty options for playing about on rock, scrambling, easy climbing and our newly discovered activity of weaseling which involves squeezing through gaps and passages between rocks, see this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpQDfK3JixQ The full day will include an exciting scrambly hike along Burbage Edge (North and South), then across the main road and on to the highly picturesque Longshaw Estate, through woods and meadows and round a lake to take us into the spectacular Padley Gorge then back over the road and on up the Burbage Valley to the historic Iron Age hill fort at Carl’s Wark where scenes from the 1987 blockbuster “The Princess Bride” were filmed, then on to the imposing gritstone outcrop of Higgar Tor (the UK’s premier weaseling venue!) before returning to the car park via the Burbage North Boulders. Photos of our previous outing to Burbage Edge and Padley Gorge can be seen here: https://www.meetup.com/Sheffield-Mountaineering-Rock-Climbing-Meet/photos/30977183/ Difficulty: Some Grade 1 scrambling and a lot of adventurous hiking on often rocky and bouldery terrain. This will NOT be a gentle stroll along well made footpaths. Experience Required: No previous experience required, all you need is a reasonable level of fitness, sense of adventure and preparation for any weather. Duration: Approx. 10 km with height gain of approx. 300 metres. Estimated time 5 to 6 hours. Ordnance Survey Maps: OS 110 Sheffield and Huddersfield, OS 119 Buxton and Matlock 1:50 000 Scale. As always, if everybody wants to contribute £1.00 towards our Meet Up site fees and other operating costs that will be great, thanks.
Route: Sharp Edge , Blencartha, Halls Fell Ridge Meet at: Outside The Sally pub in Threlkeld, postcode CA12 4SQ. There is a car park next to the pub but if it is full just park anywhere in the village and make your way on foot to the pub to meet us. As an environmentally conscious group, we actively encourage car sharing. Further details of car sharing arrangements from Sheffield, Manchester and elsewhere will appear in the comments section nearer the time. A nice easy Lakeland classic for an autumn day. Blencartha is a shapely and iconic mountain rising to an altitude 868 metres at the northern end of the Lake District. Our route of ascent will be by the famous Sharp Edge, a spectacular airy ridge with some dramatic positions. From the summit we will descend via Halls Fell Ridge, a long clean rocky spur with a series of pleasant outcrops and a smattering of genuine exposure. The route leads most of the way to the valley floor and provides plenty entertainment. Difficulty: Grade 1 scrambling. For more information on scrambling grades see: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/understanding-scrambling-grades ***While this is a technically easy, low grade scrambling outing, there is some exposure that some people may find unnerving*** Experience Required: Some previous mountaineering/scrambling experience with our group is recommended. Duration: Approx. 7 km with height gain of approx. 750 metres. Estimated time 5 hours. Ordnance Survey Map: OS 90 Penrith & Keswick 1:50,000 scale. Guidebook: Guidebooks: Scrambles in The Lake District Volume 2: Northern Lakes published by Cicerone Press. Accommodation: For those planning an overnight stay we can make the following recommendations: Keswick Youth Hostel: https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-keswick Derwentwater Hostel: http://www.derwentwater.org/ As always, if everybody wants to contribute £1.00 towards our Meet Up site fees and other operating costs that will be great, thanks.
Route: Wildboar Clough Meet at: Torside Reservoir car park on the B6105 just off the A628 Woodhead Pass road. Postcode SK13 1JB, OS map reference SK068983. As an environmentally conscious group, we actively encourage car sharing. Further details of car sharing arrangements from Sheffield, Manchester and elsewhere will appear in the comments section nearer the time. Widely regarded as a classic as well as being a perennial favourite of our group, Wildboar Clough is one of the very finest scrambles in the Peak District. It is sustained, entertaining and challenging in its upper section. The route begins with a lot of pleasant easy scrambling before things get interesting higher up with a series of rock steps leading to a dramatic waterfall pitch. The full day will include a pleasantly short walk in, a Grade 2/3 scrambling ascent of Bleaklow via Wildboar Clough, a steady hike across the rough moorland of the summit plateau to Bleaklow Head and a long scenic descent via the Pennine Way and Clough Edge before returning to the car park with an easy stroll along the Longenden Trail. Photos of some of our previous outings to Wildboar Clough and Bleaklow Head can be seen here: https://www.meetup.com/Sheffield-Mountaineering-Rock-Climbing-Meet/photos/29992550/ https://www.meetup.com/Sheffield-Mountaineering-Rock-Climbing-Meet/photos/27598921/ https://www.meetup.com/Sheffield-Mountaineering-Rock-Climbing-Meet/photos/28900042/ Difficulty: Grade 2/3 scrambling (between Grade 2 and 3). For more information on scrambling grades see: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/understanding-scrambling-grades Experience Required: Some previous scrambling or climbing experience would be beneficial. Be sure to bring your harness if you are not confident doing a Grade 2/3 scramble without a rope. We will provide a top rope for those of you who need it so don’t be afraid to ask. Duration: Approx. 12 km with height gain (from car park to Bleaklow summit plateau) of approx. 350 metres. Estimated time 5 to 6 hours. Ordnance Survey Map: OS 110 Sheffield & Huddersfield Landranger 1:50 000 Scale. Guidebook: Scrambles in the Dark Peak published by Cicerone Press. As always, if everybody wants to contribute £1.00 towards our Meet Up site fees and other operating costs that will be great, thanks.
Millstones Stanage Edge.
Route:-Higgar Tor, Millstone Edge, Mother Cap, Owler Tor, Burbage Brook South, Carl Wark, Hike back to the car parks (Via Higgar Tor). Meet at: The Dale car park, which is roughly 500m south of Stanage Edge South crags. These coordinates will pinpoint you to the exact meeting point of The Dale - ([masked], [masked])), there is also, not as much, but more parking here on Ringinglow Road - ([masked], [masked])). Just copy and paste both in Google maps search. For those of you having not been around here before, this is a very interesting and fun, hike and climbing route. You may not be familiar with the area, I pretty much know the area along with others. You have great views down the Hope Valley as well as looking the other way over towards Higger Tor and Carl Wark, both of which will be our first and last scramble-climbing stops, during which we'll hike to explore an unnamed set of rockies on our way to the incredible but crazy looking Millstone Edge walls where we can try our skills at low levels only. Once we've had fun on all these outcrops and rockies so far, we'll take, I think a hard ish grade 2 or grade 3 scramble up onto the north to south path, left through the marsh field and up an easy path to Mother Cap, where we'll head down an easy scrambling hike to meet with the Surprise View car park. At this point we'll continue across the A6187 to explore the main Owler Tor gritstones, then picking up the tranquil Burbage Brook's trail, heading with a right through the woods, diverting left back across the 6187, where the path will lead us back to another part of Burbage Brook, crossing it and making our way up to the historical landmark of Carl Wark, where you can take in the incredible scenery again. Finally we'll make our way either past or through the amazing Higgar Tor, we all love, back to the car parks. I believe there's three main paths, leading to and from the main Owler Tor part, plus an actual main long pathway of which backtracks to the 'Lawrencefield' tourist attraction, just down the road. Approx distance, only around 13km, with a height gain of roughly 200 metres max, I think it's sometimes hard to tell, depending where on the route you are, but this meet is about 50/50 hiking and scramble - climbing, as I call it (including our now famous weaseling). Experience Required: ***Some previous scrambling or rock climbing experience is essential***, however, no ropes and therefore no climbing gear (unless you wish to have fun improvising), is required for this meet. If everybody could contribute £1 towards our Meet Up site fees and other operating costs, that will be great. Thank you.