Walk Diary Wednesday 31 October 2018 Weather, 7°C. Sunny
Pikehall (Minninglow CP) Depart 10 a.m. 7 ¾ miles Leader: Gerry White
No. on walk 19
A bright crisp frosty morning with one degree Celsius showing on the car’s thermal indicator. A sparkling white frost covering everything it touched and it felt that cold as we waited for the appointed time to set off, but as soon as we were underway it felt a few degrees warmer. Clear skies, as you will see from the pictures and even the half-moon still clearly visible.
We set off along the High Peak Trail, north west as far as the junction with the cycleway number fifty-four, this we followed southerly to Cardlemere Lane and along this lane into Biggin. It was here that we joined the Tissington Trail, stopping almost immediately for our first break with excellent views across, frost tinged pastures, all surrounded by neat dry-stone walls. We walked northwards and after rounding a long, left hand bend we took a right-hand path, almost doubling back on ourselves, as we climbed to and through Horseshoe Plantation, actually this was the first climb of the day.
After passing through Stanedge Grange we crossed over the busy A515 walking along the minor road to the car park and picnic area at Friden, stopping here for our lunch break on the site of an old railway platform. We followed the Pennine Bridleway, going over the Newhaven Crossing, until reaching our outward track at the cycle way junction. We now began a loop section, making the overall walk into a figure of eight, by taking the field path south to Gotham Grange and on into Gotham. We briefly re-joined the High Peak Trail, soon, to leave it by climbing south (the second climb of the day) to pass between Gotham and Chapel Plantations. We once again joined Cardlemere Lane, walking down to The Nook and taking the lane back to the car park with great views of Minninglow away to our right.
A good day out and with most of the way being relatively flat, a chance to stretch the legs a little. As the day wore on, the early frost faded as the sun rose to shine upon us. There was plenty of folk out today, many, it seemed hiring cycles to make their way along these former railway lines, the good surfaces making them seem to glide along. We had to be vigilant as not all had bells to ring to warm of their impending approach. A great day and a day with a difference. Thanks Gerry.