The Boxing Gloves

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All around the top edge of Kinder Scout there are fascinating gritstone rock formations.

On our walk today along the northern edge of the mountain, we passed these.  They are known as ‘The Boxing Gloves’.  If you use your imagination a little, you can see a face with gloved, raised hands up in front of it.

Whether you think they look like a man with boxing gloves on or not, it’s a really beautiful place!

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Southern edge of Kinder Scout

A dusting of snow on Kinder Scout

This weekend was our last guided walk before Christmas and it turned out to me my favorite walk of the year so far!

We walked from Nether Booth in the Vale of Edale up onto the southern and eastern edges of Kinder Scout.  Being the highest mountain in the Peak District, it was a bit colder up there than the surrounding hills and it appeared to be the only hill with a fine dusting of snow.  Combined with blue sky and brilliant sunshine, this resulted in some stunning views!

Our next guided walk on Kinder Scout is on 17 March 2013 which might seem a long way ahead, but we are taking bookings now!

Details of our open group guided walks, including Kinder Scout can be found at http://www.peakwalking.com/day-walks/open-group-walks/

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Kinder Downfall – Going Up!

  

Kinder Downfall by Martin Stubbings

Kinder Downfall by Martin Stubbings

This wonderful photograph was taken by one of our customers on our walk on Kinder Scout last Sunday.
 
Kinder Downfall is the tallest waterfall in the Peak District, with a 30-metre fall.  It lies on the River Kinder, where it flows over the edge of Kinder Scout.  Although usually little more than a trickle in summer, after heavy rain it is quite impressive.  Last Sunday there was a strong wind which funnelled up the clough and the water was blown back up as it started to descend.  
 
We could feel the resulting cloud of spray from a long way back as we approached the Downfall along the banks of the River Kinder.

Major conservation work on Kinder Scout

Kinder Scout

Kinder Scout is one of the most iconic landscapes in the Peak District because of its vast open moorland, the wildlife that it is home to and because it was the setting for the Mass Trespass in 1932.  However, it is also one of the most damaged areas of moorland in the UK and its future is in jeopardy as a result of catastrophic wildlfires, a long history of overgrazing, air pollution and the routes that thousands of visitors have taken. 

There are currently proposals for a major programme of conservation work to restore the area so that it can be enjoyed by future generations.  These proposals include the plan to erect a fense around the area to keep sheep out.  You can read about these proposals and have a say on them in the public consultation on the new website http://www.kinder-scout.co.uk/

The high moorlands in July

After several days of rain, the high moorlands in the Peak District are looking beautiful.  The peat bogs which has been drying out are now wet and spongy again.  Ling heather is just starting to come into flower, and bilberry bushes are starting to bear fruit.  We have seen an unusually large number of young red grouse this week on Stanage Edge, Bamford Moor, and on Kinder Scout.  We have also seen several Golden Plover, known as the ‘watchmen of the moors’.