Yesterday the club visited Hayfield. The three walks were :-
‘A’ walk: Hayfield Kinder Downfall Circular.
Distance: 9.5 miles. Highest point 1968 ft Leader:L David Lewis
A circular moorland walk starting and finishing in Hayfield. All the uphill bits are in the first three miles. We then join a mainly level section of the Pennine Way for three or so miles along the moorland edge. There are some boggy bits and a number of streams to ford, but the drier weather means that this shouldn’t be too difficult. Half-way round we see the waterfall, Kinder Downfall, famous for flowing uphill when the wing is in the west, and there should be some good views. Leaving the edge at Red Brook it’s downhill all the way back to Hayfield.
‘B’ Walk. Distance 8 miles. Highest point 1419 ft. Leader: Doreen Hunter.
From the early 1900’s Hayfield has been the gateway to the Peak District, and it was here in Hayfield that the foundations were laid for the, what has become known as, the ‘Right to Roam’ with the famed Mass Trespass of Kinder in 1932. Hayfield is situated on the River Sett at the centre of England at the foot of the Kinder Massif which is the most southerly point of the Pennine chain, although the Pennine Way continues on to Edale.
This is a varied undulating walk which commemces with a short, but steep climb up the lane from the car park. After following fields through the countryside we eventually climb up to the highest point at hill farm and proceed across the flat plateau before proceeding down to a country lane.
After leaving the lane we continue through fields and woodland on the return loop, finally following the Sett Valley trail back to Hayfield and refreshments.
‘C’ Party walk. Distance 7.5 miles Highest point – 1025 ft Leader: Keith Tattersall.
The walk starts in a south westerly direction with a climb of 400 ft in the first mile to reach the television mast on Ollersett Moor. After this the route descends gradually to Gowhole and then levels out as we reach the banks of the River Goyt where we turn north west. Approaching New Mills we suddenly find ourselves in a deep gorge where the River Sett flows into the Goyt. At this point a short diversion gives us the opportunity to visit the Millennium Walkway which is suspended above the river. Returning to the junction of the two rivers we join the Sett Valley trail which follows the bed of the old railway track from New Mills to Hayfield. Being the track bed of a former railway and now a cycle path the route is mainly level but there are some minor undulations where for instance, bridges have been removed. From just before New Mills we join the Midshires way and the paths are excellent.
Alan writes. I did the ‘A’ walk with David and below are a few of the images from the walk. For a more details description of the walk and my thoughts of the day go to www.crosbyman66.wordpress.com
PS. If you have any images from the walks or comments please send them to me.