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Kinder surprise

Kinder surprise


Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Sun Nov 20, 2016 11:59 am

Hewitts included on this walk: Kinder Scout

Date walked: 19/11/2016

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Snow in mid-November, in England anyway, is a very welcome surprise. Well I guess not if you're commuting to work - but if you are have a walk planned...

The unexpected winter conditions certainly enhanced our walk on Kinder Scout.

A wintry vista near Hayfield, our starting point for the walk.

ImageIMG_1317 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Two signs at our starting point: the tablet commemorating the Kinder Mass Trespass, and an opportunistic bit of art.

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A few autumn colours remained on the lower hillsides as we set off, chatting on the easy first ascent of the day. The American election, Brexit and Strictly Come Dancing were declared banned subjects of conversation during the walk.

(Obviously, the bit of the ban relating to Strictly didn't last long)

ImageIMG_1328 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Along the shore of Kinder Reservoir. Sandy Heys and Kinder Downfall on the skyline ahead.

ImageIMG_1340 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Ascending the narrow gulch of William Clough.

ImageIMG_1343 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

On the last bit of the ascent onto the plateau.

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Deeper snow on the plateau. In the background are the moorlands rising towards Bleaklow Hill.

ImageIMG_1373 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Looking from the rocks at Sandy Heys across towards Kinder Low.

ImageIMG_1378 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Gritstone formations on the skyline.

ImageIMG_1387 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Shining Tor tops the skyline on the left. At times we wondered if we could see Moel Famau over to the right.

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Starting the slight descent towards Kinder Downfall.

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More gritstone and fluffy clouds.

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Approaching the Downfall.

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Across towards Kinder Low.

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A closer view.

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A handy boulder for a lunch stop.

ImageIMG_1428 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

The river Kinder.

ImageIMG_1444 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

The waterfall in the Downfall.

ImageIMG_1449 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Setting off along the plateau edge towards Kinder Low.

ImageIMG_1448 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Boulders as the plateau starts to rise.

ImageIMG_1456 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Along the plateau edge.

ImageIMG_1459 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Wintry skies...

ImageIMG_1480 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Looking north-west: Manchester in the distance

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Kinder Low summit.

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Summit view towards Shining Tor, with possibly a glimpse of Shutlingsloe's summit to its left.

ImageIMG_1508 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

The trig. Some discussion ensued about the highest point of Kinder Scout: it looks as if there is higher ground to the north-east, but very flat and featureless: it's understandable why the OS built the trig here and also why most people are content to regard Kinder Low as the summit of the fell.

ImageIMG_1494 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

The first steps on the way back down to the pub...

ImageIMG_1511 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
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Re: Kinder surprise

Postby Beery Hiker » Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:28 pm

Thanks Tim - I should really have checked before posting my version - as always some great photos here...
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Re: Kinder surprise

Postby past my sell by date » Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:54 pm

Nice report. it's a long time since I visited Kinder. The great trespass was amazing - they trespassed for about 10-15 minutes and got little more than 200m, but it totally changed the face of British fellwalking.
Well done Benny Rothman, Willy Miller (Ewan Macoll) et al.
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Re: Kinder surprise

Postby ChrisW » Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:06 am

Great stuff HMHT, thought I'd already seen this for a moment then realised you guys were together. I love the deep drifts in a few of the shots, shame it's already sloppy underfoot on the trail :roll: Lovely stuff on a perfect day in the hills :clap:
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Re: Kinder surprise

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:27 pm

ChrisW wrote:Great stuff HMHT, thought I'd already seen this for a moment then realised you guys were together. I love the deep drifts in a few of the shots, shame it's already sloppy underfoot on the trail :roll: Lovely stuff on a perfect day in the hills :clap:


Thanks Chris!
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Re: Kinder surprise

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:31 pm

past my sell by date wrote:Nice report. it's a long time since I visited Kinder. The great trespass was amazing - they trespassed for about 10-15 minutes and got little more than 200m, but it totally changed the face of British fellwalking.
Well done Benny Rothman, Willy Miller (Ewan Macoll) et al.


Thanks - and yes indeed, re the Mass Trespass and its impact on outdoor access -

"the most successful direct action in British history" (Roy Hattersley)

I never realised before, but the Mass Trespass has a website - http://www.kindertrespass.com/
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