Sunday, 13 April 2014

Sunday 13th April, Bradwell 2014

'Twas on a bright and sunny day when 19 SWOGers and one dog set out from Bradwell to conquer the moors above Abney. A steep ascent, muddy in parts soon had us high above the village with broad vistas towards Castleton. On reaching the higher ground we found it to be a trifle on the windy side, morning coffee was therefore taken behind the shelter of a dry stone wall.

The views from Shatton Edge were outstanding. We could see the full length of the Hope Valley with Win Hill opposite us and Ladybower Reservoir shimmering in the distance.We then dropped down past Highlow Hall and into Highlow Woods. Lunch was taken at Stoke Ford, a real suntrap that would have been difficult to leave if it were not for the thought of the Barrel Inn just up the valley.

We climbed up Bretton Clough and refreshments were taken by most people at the Inn. There were many signs of spring with daffodils and plenty of newly born lambs in the fields. The final leg of the walk took us over Abney Moor and back down to Bradwell.