Day 1 Edale to Torside


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Edale station was my starting point at 08.45 on a beautiful March Saturday morning in 2010.

The distinctive parish church in Edale village.

The beginning of the Pennine Way climbs out of Edale over paving stones.

Looking back down hill towards Edale and the Hope Valley.

The PW now drops down to the hamlet of Upper Booth. The dark hill in the background is Kinder Low.

Beyond Upper Booth the PW follows a broad track towards the hills.

The first real climb of the PW comes into view.

Beyond the intake wall the climb up Jacob's Ladder can be seen, with the alternative easier route sloping uphill, first to the left and then to the right.

A view looking back to Mam Tor across the Hope valley.

The beginning of Jacob's Ladder, now a paved staircase.

Looking down Jacob's ladder from near the top.

From the top of the staircase the next objective, the edge of Kinder Low, can be seen.

The PW now climbs steadily towards a path junction near Edale Cross.

As the PW crosses the moor the first of the paved sections is encountered. These really make progress over the peat easy.

The trig point on the rocky tors of Kinder Low at 633m above sea level.

The view of the vast expanse of moorland that opens up once past Kinder Low's summit is extensive. The walk for next hour or so is a delight as the path follows the edge of the Kinder Plateau, with stunning views across to the west.

The first view of Kinder Downfall.

Look closely and you can see the cloud's of spray being blown uphill from the waterfall by the strong south westerly wind.

There's not a lot of water going over the falls but the spray makes me think it's started to rain.

In places the PW path runs very close to the cliff edge - the lake is Kinder Reservoir.

Looking back down to Kinder Downfall from my lunch break spot.

The next three photos.....

show the.....

panorama across......

the whole of the Kinder plateau

Beyond the Downfall the PW heads north west, gradually loosing height.

The PW drops down to William Clough.....

.......where there is a signpost at the crossroads between the PW and the Snake Path.

From here the PW heads up to Mill Hill over more paving stones.

From Mill Hill the PW turns through 90 degrees  and heads across the notoriously boggy moorland towards the Snake Pass road. The entire distance of about 4km is now on a superbly paved path, which has totally tamed the once feared Featherbed Moss. If you have to step of the path, though, look where you put you feet as in places it is extremely soft and boggy!

The A57 Snake Pass road comes into view with the next hill the PW climbs, Bleaklow, in the background.

Beyond the road the paving stones continue...

....before the PW reaches the Devil's Dyke .

The climb to Bleaklow, from the road, is just 121m and relatively easy, as the track twists and turns through the peat hags and along the edge of various streams. In misty weather it won't be a pleasant place to be as the path sometimes almost disappears, but on a clear day it's a relatively simple walk.

The summit of Bleaklow is this insignificant cairn with a pole sticking out of it. The value of a GPS in misty weather on this hill is obvious. There are a few small stone PW markers on the track over Bleaklow, but careful navigation is important here.

Beyond Bleaklow Head the PW drops down steadily to Far Moss....

...and then turns west to join Torside Clough, seen below from the improbably named Torside Castle.

Look back up the upper part of Torside Clough from the "Castle"

The valley deepens as it falls down into Longendale.

Once again the PW has long reconstructed sections of  paving stones.

The first view of Torside reservoir.

Looking across the reservoir to Crowden and its youth hostel near the trees. The next stage of the PW, on to Standedge, crosses the moorland beyond the reservoir.

The path down the side of Torside Clough clings to the steep hillside and is quite dramatic with some quite intimidating drops.

Looking up the valley towards Woodhead. The track of the old railway, now a cycle path can clearly be seen.  This section of the PW finishes where it joins the course of the railway near Reaps Farm, seen  in the bottom right corner of the photo. I then continued along the railway line for the three miles down to Hadfield railway station, arriving there at 17.30, just under 9 hours from Edale.