STOCK­PORT RAM­BLERS

Stockport Times East - - STOCKPORT RAMBLERS - STAN­AGE and Bole Hill STAN­AGE and Bole Hill

A GROUP of us – to­talling 27 – gath­ered at Hather­sage Sta­tion, full of an­tic­i­pa­tion for a walk in the snow af­ter the re­cent heavy snow­falls in the Peak Dis­trict.

We com­menced by walk­ing along the Der­went Val­ley Way, fol­low­ing the course of the River Der­went ini­tially, be­fore climb­ing slightly to the tiny ham­let of Padley, near Grindle­ford, to take a break at the his­toric Padley Chapel.

This build­ing dates back at least 700 years, and at one time served as the gatehouse to Padley Manor, the orig­i­nal build­ing dat­ing back to the times of the Nor­man Con­quest.

Sadly, the Manor was de­mol­ished many years ago, but the stone floors and re­mains of a stair­case are still very much in ev­i­dence.

The Chapel is the scene of the ar­rest of Robert Lud­lum and Ni­cholas Gar­lick – the Padley mar­tyrs – two Ro­man Catholic priests, in 1588.

They were taken to Derby, where they were hung, drawn and quar­tered for their faith. This event is still cel­e­brated an­nu­ally at the Chapel. We con­tin­ued by climb­ing the rail­way in­cline to Bole Hill quar­ries.

The quar­ries were used to sup­ply the stone for the build­ing of the up­per Der­went dams of Lady­bower, How­den and Up­per Der­went reser­voirs, and the in­cline was the means used to lower it to the rail­way be­low.

We fol­lowed old tramways through the ex­ten­sive quarry site, even­tu­ally emerg­ing onto Hather­sage Moor, for a climb up Hig­ger Tor, over­look­ing the Iron Age hill fort site of Carl Wark and the Der­went Val­ley far be­low. From here we stayed at high level, walk­ing a cou­ple of miles along Stan­age Edge where a few hardy rock climbers were brav­ing the Win­ter con­di­tions, be­fore our de­scent through fields and wood­land back to Hather­sage.

Mike Pell

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