25th october 2009.
‘A’ Party. Leader – David Lewis.
Here is David’s walk description.
Shinning Tor to Buxton ( linear )
Distance 12 miles.
highest point 559 metres (1834 ft)
Leader – David Lewis.
We will leave the coach at the cat and Fiddle Inn and almost immediately scale Shinning Tor (only about 230 ft of climbing). Thye worst is over !!!
We continue along the ridge for about three miles. taking in Cats Tor, to reach Windgather rocks. Heading downhill we reach Fenilee reservoir and walk its length through the woods.
Beyond the dam of the adjoining Errwood reservoir we cross Burnsal Cob and after walking alongside the reservoir we head eastwards over the open moorland for about two miles and eventually drop down into Buxton town.
It was a beautiful clear morning as we left Crosby but by the time we reached the Peak District it was overcast.
It started to rain as we followed the frequently squelchy path from Shinning Tor to Windgather Rocks, part of the ancient Macclesfield Forest Ridgeway.
We enjoyed a brief period of sunshine as we approached Windgather Rocks, a popular gritstone climbing crag.
The remainder of the walk was heavy going as we crossed the peaty moorland and the dull conditions made it a poor day for photography.
However it was all worth it as we enjoyed a pint of Hobgoblin Witches brew at the end of the walk
The Cat and Fiddle is the second highest public house in England (1690 ft).
Its name is derived from a photograph of a cat posed with a violin given to the landlord by the Duke of Devonshire in 1857.
Some of my images from the walk are in the photo album> Buxton.