20th January 2019

The above six brave souls assembled beyond Barber Booth for 9.30 and were off by 9.45. Just before Jacobs Ladder, Phil cut off up the snowy hillside on a ‘path’ (a fell runners route?). After apparently weaving up the hillside in the mist we came to the edge of the path before striking off exactly to the Kinder Low trig.

Crossing to the Downfall ravine we descended the snowy hillside somewhat airily before traversing across the heather to Cluther Rocks and the highest millstone in the Peak. A sandwich, followed by a further traverse and descent to the base of Red Brook, which was then ascended directly in increasingly snowy and icy conditions. (A grade 1 scramble in my guidebook). A walk along the Edge path to the Downfall where the icicles in the overhanging ‘cave’ were identified by some, before Kinder River, Kinder Gates and the Northern Edge beyond Fairbrook. By this time the mist had cleared and we had some superb views of the Snake Inn and Valley.

Probably about 4 pm, after passing the top of Blackden Brook, the B Team of 4 cut right, across to the trig at 1834 and then to Ringing Roger, (leaving Phil with Rachel in tow, proceeding further along the Edge to the Madwoman’s Stones.) Descent by the zig zag track down to Edale in the gloom and across the field path in the moonlight to Barber Booth and the cars by 6 pm.

Boot change and drive to the Cheshire Cheese, Castleton, for tea, originally booked for 5 pm. Phil and Rachel still out as expected. After beer and food, still no sign of them, we eventually phoned Mike P to find they had come off the hill later and gone home. Typical Phil!

A brilliant day on the hill and well led by Phil in the mist to exactly the places he wished to visit – we were impressed. Unfortunately the ending was not very sociable as being late the cavers had already eaten and left and the walk leader didn’t even make it to the pub!