Wa­ter, wa­ter, every­where

Macclesfield Express - - WHAT’S ON - LINDA BRACKENBURY

AF­TER a pre­ced­ing week of con­tin­u­ous heavy rain, the sun de­cided to come out of hid­ing for the East Cheshire Ram­blers’ 12 mile cir­cu­lar walk from Calver in the Peak District.

The river­side path fol­low­ing the line of the River Der­went was, as ex­pected, rather wet un­der­foot where there was no un­der­ly­ing foun­da­tion.

The morn­ing break was at Padley Chapel.

As usual, the chapel was closed but in the grounds at the back there’s an un­der­cover shel­ter with wooden seat­ing which is much used by ram­bling groups.

Here, most of the party shed lay­ers of cloth­ing in prepa­ra­tion for the climb along Padley Gorge where the path tra­verses the gorge edge with views of the tum­bling, churn­ing wa­ter of Burbage Brook be­low.

The up­per reaches of the brook were much calmer and led into the grounds of the Na­tional Trust’s Long­shaw Es­tate.

On leav­ing Long­shaw, an Edale Moun­tain Res­cue ve­hi­cle rushed by with sirens blar­ing.

We en­coun­tered it again af­ter lunch when tak­ing the track onto Frog­gatt Edge.

A climber had fallen from the rocky edge, in­jur­ing his back, and with the res­cue com­pleted he was on his way to hospi­tal.

The track is dry and wide with gen­tle gra­di­ents, en­abling the ex­ten­sive views to be en­joyed along Frog­gatt and Cur­bar edges.

Be­yond Cur­bar Gap where there’s a nat­u­ral gap in the rock, the party con­tin­ued along Baslow Edge to a large grit­stone boul­der called the Ea­gle Stone.

From here it was down­hill all the way back to Calver via a dis­used quarry and an old burial ground with good views back to the edges ear­lier tra­versed.

Fi­nally, a per­fect day was rounded off with a visit to the nearby ex­cel­lent tea­room.

For more de­tails of East Cheshire Ram­blers’ pro­gramme of week­end and mid­week walks, rang­ing from four to 15 miles in length, go to ram­blerseastcheshire.org. uk.

Happy ram­blers en­joy­ing the sunshine above Baslow

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