Gritstone Trail 2-day backpack

Trig and topograph on The CloudThe Gritstone Trail (GT) is a waymarked route that traverses the gritstone ridges on the western edge of the Peak District overlooking the Cheshire plain.

A September forecast for two days of late sunny weather after the end of the holiday season suggested a perfect opportunity to tackle this trail whose best features include the extensive views over the Cheshire plain. It turned out to be almost a repeat of the sweltering conditions earlier this year with temperatures in the high twenties and the views were hazy in the distance, though still good.

The GT contains a good mix of walking and interest, with many sections of fine woodland mixed with the characteristic gritstone paths reminiscent of those of the eastern White Peak. There are also sections on metalled surfaces that need good footwear cushioning. The trail is well waymarked with accurately oriented direction arrows, but needs a careful eye open for the marks and posts particularly where other trails and footpaths pass through the same area.

I found this backpack hard, partly no doubt due to the heat, but there is quite a lot of ascent involved, though not nearly as much as mapping software suggests. On the first day I had to walk at a relentless pace on the last few miles to make my intended pitch on the upper flank of Tegg’s Nose by nightfall – that turned out to be an interesting experience. It was also one of those very rare occasions where I pitched using just the tent inner with no flysheet and watched the stars through the mesh.

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2 thoughts on “Gritstone Trail 2-day backpack

  1. Interesting route through some varied terrain and as you say, lots of interesting stuff. Kerridge Hill has always looked great when I’ve been walking around there, I must get round to actually walking it. Always good to see a trail start and finish with Public transport in mind

  2. Thanks again Andy.
    Some new stuff and some old for me, but the old parts may as well be new, it’s so long ago.
    We’re well into the public transport regime now, despite the setbacks of the past 18 months.

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