Our daughter started at the Uni of Sheffield in 2014 and we've enjoyed a few days out in the area since then.......... So back to this weekend and daydreaming, thinking about Piratemania reminded me that we needed to go back to the Castleton area. Back in December last year we had an enjoyable walk on Derwent Edge, it was quite late in the day and it had been snowing so we only had time for a shortish walk from Strines Bridge to the Back Tor trigpoint. So that was the plan, go back to Derwent Edge on Saturday and explore Castleton on Sunday.
The forecast wasn’t great for the weekend but we thought we’d go for it anyway, I mean what’s a bit of rain? It’s just water
It was a very misty start to the day but the walk along Derwent Edge was fabulous, the views weren’t what we hoped for but the rock formations are simply amazing! We enjoyed a series of Earthcaches all set by Pete37038. Once we’d reached Cakes of Bread the temperature really dropped and the wind had got up and I was beginning to regret my clothing choice for today - cropped leggingss and thin jacket. I delved into my rucksack and luckily stashed in the bottom was my winter hat and buff, good grief I was glad to get those on. We have recently added an emergency survival bag to our kit, hopefully we’ll never need it but I was beginning to get so cold I was glad we’d thought to pack it. I decided to run for half a mile or so to warm up. Once we’d got to lower ground the sun came out and off came the winter buff and hat and I was glad of the shorts.
|Cakes of Bread|
|View of Ladybower Reservoir|
A very enjoyable there and back walk of just under 8 miles.
Next stop Derwent Dam. We last visited Derwent Dam in 2002 on a family caravanning holiday in Buxton, we had a fab time visiting lots of place in the Peak District. Visiting the area brought back very fond memories of happy family times together. How time flies, so glad we cherished the time when our children were small.
|Family fun times at Derwent Dam - June 2002|
|Howden Reservoir - October 2016|
|Howden Reservoir and the dam - June 2002|
The reservoirs provide water for Sheffield, Derby, Nottingham and Leicester
During the Second World War the reservoir was used for practising the low-level flights needed for the Dam Busters raids due to its similarity to the German dams.
|Beautiful autumnal colour|
Mam Tor (meaning Mother Hill) is also known locally as the 'shivering mountain'. Due to its horizontal layers of shale and gritstone, the sedimentary bands crumble when water and ice work their way into the layers. The hill is said to 'shiver' as the rock crumbles. The effects of this on the east side of the mountain can be clearly seen from the top of Mam Tor . The area is continually moving and you can see the former A625 main road from Stockport to Sheffield which was washed away by a landslide in 1974, it was eventually closed for good in 1979. The road is accessible on foot and in actual fact there is an Earthcache there that we did back in 2008. Apparently in 2005 the cost of rebuilding the road was estimated to be £10,000,000.
|Former A625 from Stockport to Sheffield|