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Kinder West / 1 day / 10 miles (16km)

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Date: 09 Feb 2004
Start / Finish: Upper Booth. Free parking area 108848.
Map: Outdoor Leisure 1: Dark Peak.

Day 1Kinder West10 miles / 1860 feet (16.1km / 566m)

A short excursion mainly to enjoy the last remains of the snow and the ice features around Kinder Downfall.

Day 1 - Kinder West

A very slow crawl in low gear down the steep road from Mam Nick gave the first signs of the amount of recent rain, which had frozen in patches on the road. From the parking area we followed the lane NW to Upper Booth farm and passing the phone box, we crossed the river and took the footpath R that climbs to the plateau up Crowden Clough, which is just as attractive and interesting as the much more popular route up Grindsbrook. The path fords Crowden Brook three times, which was quite easy on a few dry rocks despite the volume of water coming down and the abundant ice generally. The black rocks of Crowden Tower stood out against the thin snow as the path approached the top, here there is a choice: the main path climbs off L out of the clough, but the more interesting route is directly up the ravine, where rocky ledges give intimate views of the caramel-coloured ice formations below but they can be a bit tricky in these conditions!. Turning L to Crowden Tower we crunched over the frozen peaty wastes and through the Woolpacks to Noe Stool, where we left the main path and headed directly to the trig point at Kinder Low, which is apparently thought by some first-time visitors to be the summit. The actual summit is 3m higher and can just be seen well to the NE marked by a small slanting post.

Crowden Clough and Crowden Tower
Crowden Clough and Crowden Tower (09 Feb 2004__08:26:27)
Ice formations in upper Crowden Clough
Ice formations in upper Crowden Clough (09 Feb 2004__09:16:14)
View from near Crowden Tower
View from near Crowden Tower (09 Feb 2004__09:29:06)
The Woolpacks with Pymís Chair on the horizon
The Woolpacks with Pymís Chair on the horizon (09 Feb 2004__09:33:24)
Swinesback and Edale Rocks from the southern edge
Swinesback and Edale Rocks from the southern edge (09 Feb 2004__09:44:57)
Kinder Low
Kinder Low (09 Feb 2004__10:06:36)

On past the head of Red Clough to the Downfall - the Mecca of Kinder. The rocky face of the fall had extensive ice but there is no close vantage point on the rim to capture it really well. The River Kinder which flows over it (or sometimes back over it on windy days) is a grandiose name for such a trickle of water, but today it was a thick sheet of dripping ice with a fair amount of peaty water gurgling along underneath, causing some fun and games as we crossed it further back with the aid of a large boulder. Turning NW and approaching a fence, we turned R up to the rarely visited second trig point which doesn't even have a name - we call it Kinder West. This is another of those forlorn but appealing markers in a peaty wilderness that one might call 'superb desolation'. Taking an easy line NNE to the plateau rim, there are good views of Bleaklow across Ashop Clough. We then backtracked to Kinder Low and descended on the Pennine Way route of Jacob's Ladder to Upper Booth.

Ice covered Kinder Downfall
Ice covered Kinder Downfall (09 Feb 2004__11:10:47)
The top of Kinder Downfall and Kinder reservoir below
The top of Kinder Downfall and Kinder reservoir below (09 Feb 2004__11:16:04)
Frozen River Kinder above the Downfall
Frozen River Kinder above the Downfall (09 Feb 2004__11:29:53)
Kinder West with a view to Bleaklow
Kinder West with a view to Bleaklow (09 Feb 2004__11:52:59)
View towards Bleaklow from the north edge
View towards Bleaklow from the north edge (09 Feb 2004__12:04:51)
Kinder Downfall from the north-west
Kinder Downfall from the north-west (09 Feb 2004__12:40:56)