Un­usual stop for Lon­don tube train

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE RAMBLERS -

WHAT was a Lon­don tube train do­ing sta­tioned on a hill­side in Der­byshire?

For that was the as­ton­ish­ing sight await­ing a party of East Cheshire Ram­blers re­cently on a walk led by Ann Thompson, which ex­plored some of the less-fre­quented lime­stone dales south of Bux­ton.

Start­ing from Poole’s Cav­ern, the route snaked up the wooded slopes on the south­ern out­skirts of the town to Solomon’s Tem­ple – a 19th Cen­tury folly stand­ing 20ft high on the skyline at Grin Low.

De­scend­ing into the val­ley be­low, the group was sur­prised to see a river dis­ap­pear­ing un­der­ground to re-emerge back at Poole’s Cav­ern. Yet even this was noth­ing com­pared to the sight of the Lon­don Un­der­ground train which they saw stand­ing out­side a sim­u­lated tube tun­nel in the grounds of the Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive’s ex­plo­sion and flame lab­o­ra­tory at Harpur Hill.

The route con­tin­ued through fields and rough pas­ture to reach wild, open moor­land on the bound­ary of the Peak Dis­trict Na­tional Park at Leap Edge be­fore head­ing back to­wards Bux­ton via Ley­cote and Harpur Hill. It was there the walk­ers passed one fi­nal strange spec­ta­cle: a so­lid­i­fied white lake of tufa de­posits pro­duced by lime mak­ing in the 17th Cen­tury.

For de­tails of forth­com­ing ECR walks go to ram­blerseastcheshire. org.uk. New mem­bers are al­ways welcome.

●» The walk­ers catch their breath on Grin Low be­fore de­scend­ing to Harpur Hill

●» The Lon­don Un­der­ground train at Harpur Hill

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