Hather great Bamford stroll
MANCHESTER Weekend Ramblers is a group of walking enthusiasts, set up at the beginning of 2013. They run group walks, socials and weekends away in and around Greater Manchester, mainly aimed at the over-40 age group, although they welcome members of any age. This week member Brendan Keely describes their latest excursion... EACH day is about balance, each walk is about balance and the weather is always, hopefully, balanced too.
With the forecast in Manchester looking less than desirable, we headed from Piccadilly to Bamford in the Dark Peaks.
The train route through the Peaks takes in the popular walking areas of New Mills, Chinley, Edale and Hope.
So it was with hope in our hearts that we disembarked at Bamford.
Forty-one of us headed along the Derwent Valley Heritage Way under a blue sky canopy, with the warming sun on our backs.
As we gradually ascended, the walk took us up through Offerton and then east toward Shatton Lane.
We enjoyed picturesque views of Hathersage - our final destination - behind us.
It was then that the light snow blizzard came in and lunch was a hurried, huddled affair, so we took shelter where we could.
Then, as quickly as it came, the snow stopped and the clouds dispersed to again expose the blue skies and magnificent views of Hope Valley.
Heading up over Offerton Moor, we then steadily began our descent back towards the valley, the Heritage Way, and into Hathersage, to round off the day with a couple of drinks in The Little John.
A balanced day in all, with grassy meadows, a little mud along the well-walked Heritage Way, hills and valleys and an ever-changing landscape - this area has a great deal to offer.
For more walks and information on Manchester Weekend Walkers visit www.mwwalkers.org.uk.
Views of Offertonton Moor towards Hathersage in the Derwent Valley