Spring has arrived! After a miserable February, March has more than made up for it. I managed to get a few days away up in Edale. My youngest daughter Polly has been doing some work experience at the Chestnut Centre near Chapel en le Frith and staying at Edale Youth Hostel. So, having a few days off, I took the opportunity to go and see her and get some training in by running the route of the Edale Skyline race, which takes place this coming Sunday (27th March). This is about 21 miles (34km) long with 4,500 feet (1,500 m) of ascent. As its name suggests it follows the skyline of the Edale valley taking in moorland, ridges and bogs. I ran a slightly modified route by starting at the youth hostel and hacking my way through the heather up to the path along the edge of Kinder Scout, rather than starting at Edale.
|Southern Skyline from Kinder Scout|
|Above Crookstone barn. Win Hill in the distance.|
|Hope Cross looking towards Win Hill|
|Win Hill summit looking toward Lose Hill and Mam Tor|
|Climbing Lose Hill|
|Lose Hill summit looking towards Mam Tor and Lords Seat|
|Hollins Cross looking towards Mam Tor|
|Mam Tor summit looking towards Lord's Seat on Rushup Edge|
|Crooked tree going up Rushup Edge|
|Turn right here (to the left if you see what I mean)|
|Brown Knoll summit looking towards Kinder Scout|
|Top of Grindsbrook Clough looking South back to Grindslow Knoll|
I then ran past Ringing Roger where the official race drops down to the finish and continued along the top then dropped down Rowland Cote Moor to the youth hostel some 5 hours after I started. A fine day out.
P.S. In case you're wondering, I'm not running the actual race as I'm doing a recce of the Ambleside to Coniston section of the Lakeland 100 on the same day.