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hollins

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Re: Day Return to Chamonix (sorry, Edale) please?
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2015, 03:53:18 PM »
Pretty impressive photographs, too.

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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2015, 02:51:54 PM »
What a lovely piece of writing .

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Day Return to Chamonix (sorry, Edale) please?
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2015, 09:31:27 AM »
Day Return to Chamonix (sorry, Edale) please?

The Manchester Ramblers Sunday Walk to Edale on 08.02.2015

The train to Edale could justifiably have been likened to a ski-lift not just because the Ramblers Manchester Area Sunday walkers were crammed in like sardines into the two carriages in true Northern Rail fashion but also because even though a miserable mist shrouded the line from Manchester, through Marple, all of the way to Chinley and the Cowburn railway tunnel a snow covered landscape and dazzling sunshine was to greet us as we exited the railway tunnel at Edale and that was how it was to stay all day.

It is nine days since the snowfall. The snow which was by now long forgotten in Manchester but still sitting on the moors above Mellor still cloaked the eastern side of the Pennines and we were certainly not the only people who were out to enjoy it.

Wuthering Heights above Howarth has long been a traditional haunt for Japanese tourists but for a while now Edale by train from Manchester seems to have been incorporated into the Japanese tour of Britain and today was certainly no exception. Sunshine on snow prompted a party of Japanese tourists to shriek with delight and manically search for their cameras. Just after the Pacer doors opened the fence on the Edale side of the platform attracted a long line of photographers like iron filings to a magnet.

Quite a few walkers were heading up through the snow to Hollins Cross but the path to MamTor was not just busy: it was heaving. Walkers living to the east or the south of the Pennines must have woken to fine weather and chosen one of the Peak District’s most popular spots for a walk or jog. Colourful hang gliders and paragliders were silhouetted against the clear blue sky.

Just as we finishing our coffees at Hollins Cross the tourists from our train clad in only training shoes and casual clothing clambered through the snow onto the cold ridge. Never did the cameras seem to leave their eyes as they continuously took photographs of the snow-covered Kinder Scout and the Edale valley to the south, Castleton to the north, Mam Tor to the east and most importantly of all, of each other.

The nine day old snow below Mam Tor was scored not only by footprints and ski-tracks but was also worn away by the hundreds of children taken by car to Mam Nick and to the now closed old road on the side of the ‘Shivering Mountain’ for an afternoon’s sledging.

Castleton was crowded with day trippers – not bad for the beginning of February, but our return to Edale was via much quieter paths which may not have offered total solitude but did at least give a quiet opportunity to enjoy the views as the sky began to redden towards late afternoon.

Our train exited Cowburn tunnel to be submerged in the same thick cold mist which enveloped it seven hours earlier. We certainly had the best of the weather today!

You would be welcome on Manchester Area Ramblers next public transport walk from Broadbottom to Disley on 22nd February? Meet on the 0930 Broadbottom train from Piccadilly.
Next Manchester Coach Rambles Group outing is Ilkley on 1st March.





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