Kinder Scout via Crowden Brook.
by PauloUK77 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:01 pm
Hewitts included on this walk: Kinder Scout
Date walked: 28/01/2011
Time taken: 4
Distance: 12 kmRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Today's trip up there was nothing like what I'm used to, in fact the views were superb although it was freezing.All the moisture on the plateau was locked in as ice which did make it easier going.
I began this outing in the free car park just before Upper Booth next to the train line.A short walk along a lane brought me to Upper Booth and an entrance into open country next to the bridge spanning Crowden Brook.An impressive climb steadily headed up the valley with the rock formation of Crowden Tower standing overhead.On reaching Crowden Tower the views were superb,I took a bearing for the highest ground on the plateau and began the task of searching for the actual summit area.A lack of paths indicated that the summit is hardly ever visited.
I found the pile if stones at the summit and took a bearing for Kinder Low and the trig point there.On the way I found a second pile of stones on the high ground which led me to believe there is sometimes some confusion as to where the summit is.Due to a clear day I could see that the first pile of stones (more easterly) were the summit not the second pile.In mist it would be very easy to miss these or get the wrong summit area.From the trig point at Kinder Low I followed the Pennine Way to Kinder Downfall all the time having great views down to Kinder Reservoir and Manchester beyond.Kinder Downfall was frozen solid which proved just how cold it was up there.From the Downfall I followed the path back across the plateau to descend Crowden Brook valley and retraced my steps to the car park.On my way across the plateau a helicopter was busy shipping materials up to a group of people doing conservation work.They were creating dams on the plateau to retain water and stop it running off so quickly.This will make it even harder to get across the the plateau in warmer months.
by Paul Webster » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:32 pm
by PauloUK77 » Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:47 pm
by ChrisW » Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:29 pm
by PauloUK77 » Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:01 pm
The Pennine Way runs along the western edge of the Kinder Scout which is a very well trodden path.
by susanmyatt » Tue Feb 08, 2011 4:30 pm
by colgregg » Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:26 pm
by Derek T » Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:38 pm
It certainly is. I ended up being straight down in a peat bog up to my chest and almost lost my boots getting out on Brown Knoll, just a mile or so from Kinder on the same plateau, last summer. The guy walking towards me walked straight over the same bog without any difficulty and I managed to find the mushy bit just a couple of feet from where he crossedcolgregg wrote:Good report. It looks to be very spongy up there. Very reminiscent of a few nightmare hills in the dales with interesting approaches, excellent panoramic views but summits like quagmires, one wrong step and you sink.
I got some funny looks on the way back to the car as I looked like I'd been dipped in tar