Walk­ing the wa­ter­shed

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THE rains thank­fully held off for 13 East Cheshire Ram­blers on a re­cent 12 mile walk in the High Peak.

Con­fi­dently led by one of the group’s new­est lead­ers, Gil­lian Kay, the party set off from the lay-by near the for­mer Grouse Inn on Chu­nal Hill near Glos­sop.

The first port of call was the un­usu­ally named hill called Harry Hut which is crowned with a tri­an­gu­la­tion sta­tion.

There is no sign of a hut at this lo­ca­tion and the ori­gin of the name is a bit of a mys­tery.

A left turn here took the party via Worm Stones, a se­ries of sand­stone out­crops on Shaw Moor where the group paused for some pho­to­graphs.

Af­ter a morn­ing break in the lee of a stone wall, the group were led via a se­ries of field paths on the south east­ern edge of Glos­sop to reach the A57 Snake Pass Road.

Rather than fol­low this road, a wood­land path par­al­lel was fol­lowed be­fore join­ing an­other path which runs on the course of what was a Ro­man road and is now called Doc­tor’s Gate.

At a con­ve­nient and shel­tered spot, a break was taken for lunch be­side a mod­ern foot­bridge.

The hard­est part of the walk fol­lowed the lunch stop with an as­cent which was boggy in places to reach the Pen­nine Way and the Snake Pass, which is on the wa­ter­shed of Eng­land.

At least the next two and a half miles to Mill Hill was along a good flag stoned path which had been con­structed some years ago to stop any fur­ther ero­sion on the thin moor­land soils.

With the rain just hold­ing off, it was now a steady de­scent back to the cars via Harry Hut but with one small di­ver­sion to view the re­mains of a World War II air crash site.

On Oc­to­ber 11, 1944 a B-24J Lib­er­a­tor crash landed a few hun­dred me­tres west of Mill Hill.

Thank­fully the pi­lot and flight en­gi­neer were only slightly in­jured and were able to make their way to the main road to the west where they flagged down a pass­ing lorry driver.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to ram­blers eastcheshire.org.uk.

‘The East Cheshire Ram­blers ad­mire a rather misty view on the Worm Stones above Glos­sop’

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