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Mid-Summer Walk, 29th June 2019

Leader: Helen and Brian Richardson

Reporter: Joy Parsons

On a sizzling hot Saturday ten of us plus Chris’s 2 dogs met at Chinley Station for a circular walk taking in three hills involving Chinley Churn, Mount Famine and South Head, about 9 miles and 1800 feet of ascent in total.

Helen informed us straight away that we would do all the uphill before lunch due to the expected high temperatures and we quickly set off for Cracken Edge via tracks and farmland. Unfortunately Chinley Churn summit is on private land but we were able to enjoy walking along the escarpment of Cracken Edge, enjoying lovely clear views westwards and picking up a welcome breeze. We stopped along here for drinks, snacks and photos.

A gentle downhill followed to cross the main road, passing a farm, strangely named ‘Peep-o-Day’! Sure enough it had an east facing peep hole in the wall which was the signal for the workers to get up at first light!

Then the fairly steep rise to Mount Famine taking the direct route up through long grass rather than the main track that wound round at a gentler gradient. Down steeply towards South Head which involved a short climb to reach a superb little peak where we stopped for rehydration, lunch, view admiration and rest.

A nice gentle descent on a hot bridleway followed and we reached some merciful shade, going along by a stream and letting the dogs have a good cooling swim!

We then crossed under a magnificent double viaduct with the junction of two railway lines high above us. A good place to cool off and admire the feats of Victorian engineering.

We then approached Chinley via an old tramway leading to Whitehough village with it’s pub, the Papermill Inn where we refreshed with nice cool drinks. No food but rehydration was the main need.

A short walk back to Chinley Station to get into horrible hot cars! I envied Derek who’d come by train and Andrew who had come on his motorbike!

Thanks to Helen and Brian for a varied, interesting and memorable walk and thanks to the SCoM members for the usual good company.

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