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#76 07/08/2020 at 22:35

Did a local to home walk today. Mixture of woodland and field paths. Melting weather! 8.5 miles, 1,225 ft of ascent. Five hours.
Only notable wildlife was a family of three buzzards circling high above. One of 'em plaintively mewing. Probably fed up of waiting for me to corpse it in the 29° heat.
Cracking day!

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#77 22/08/2020 at 21:50

Moved over towards Marsden Moor, Huddersfield on the edge of the Peak District over three years ago and been saying since that I’m going to get some walking boots and get up in the hills. Finally got round to it this week, so looking forward to getting out.  

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#78 23/08/2020 at 16:00

Moved over towards Marsden Moor, Huddersfield on the edge of the Peak District over three years ago and been saying since that I’m going to get some walking boots and get up in the hills. Finally got round to it this week, so looking forward to getting out.
LiamOwl, 22/08/2020 at 21:50

Some good long walks up above Marsden, Liam. I've done the classic Marsden to Edale twice. Took 13 hours each time. I don't think I'll be doing it again now. Smile
Also did a big local one there once. Around Standedge and Black Edge, from memory. Big, big skies and plenty of peat bog.  

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#79 28/08/2020 at 22:11

Right come on then fellas, as an absolute novice at this, how do I find decent walking routes. I’ve tried to have a look around but a lot of places (websites) seem to expect you to already have a reasonable knowledge of the place you’re going to.  

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#80 28/08/2020 at 22:44

I took part in a pleasant circular walk from NewMillerDam, just south of Wakefield. Our walk leader said that he'd got a book of walks in West Yorkshire. I'll ask him for its details for you, if that'd be of help. It'll be rambling, not hill walking. Sound ok?  

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#81 09/09/2020 at 23:16

Sorry Owling, I have kept meaning to get back to you.

Yes the details of that book would be good thank you. Though don’t go out of your way, I’ve been having a google and come across some bits and pieces. I have one planned for couple of weeks time doing a circular walk up above Marsden (with the added bonus of finishing at the Riverhead pub in the village after). 

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#82 10/09/2020 at 00:20

Liam, I finally remembered to ask the fella on Monday, having forgotten twice. He gave me some tips, though reckoned I'd imagined the book. Which baffles me. Anyway, I came on here to PM you, but saw for the 1st time that there were two posts from you together, not one. I'd only seen the second one, not the one that said you'd moved, where to and that you were talking hill walking not rambling. So all the stuff I was going to tell you about is in the wrong place and the wrong kind of walking. Doh!
Anyway, when I've got a sec I'll jot some stuff down and get back to you. Hopefully won't be long.

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#83 10/09/2020 at 00:25

Forgot to ask: have you used an Ordnance Survey map and a compass together before? You will regularly walk into cloud, (thick mist), on the moors above Marsden.  

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#84 10/09/2020 at 12:28

Went on a nice little 6 miler last week courtesy of a book I found in a cupboard, called Great Pub Walks of South Yorkshire, remind me not to skim through it and check the last edition date of the book, 1987!! What should have taken a couple of hours took 5 (I'm persistent in sticking to routes on walks), only a few of the paths mentioned still existed and even then there were " do not enter" signs everywhere.

Plus went in The Royal at Dungworth and they don't do pies anymore!!  

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#85 20/09/2020 at 13:28

Forgot to ask: have you used an Ordnance Survey map and a compass together before? You will regularly walk into cloud, (thick mist), on the moors above Marsden.
Owling_Wolf, 10/09/2020 at 00:25


No, I haven’t. This sort stuff is part of the reason we’re starting by walking somewhere like Marsden, not too far from civilisation (stop!) in case we do get a bit lost.

I know it’s not as reliable, but we’ll have the GPS on our phones so should be OK 🤞🏼 

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#86 22/09/2020 at 20:20

Went on a nice little 6 miler last week courtesy of a book I found in a cupboard, called Great Pub Walks of South Yorkshire, remind me not to skim through it and check the last edition date of the book, 1987!! What should have taken a couple of hours took 5 (I'm persistent in sticking to routes on walks), only a few of the paths mentioned still existed and even then there were " do not enter" signs everywhere.

Plus went in The Royal at Dungworth and they don't do pies anymore!!
MPB, 10/09/2020 at 12:28

I've got one called, 'The Drinkers' Guide to Walking', MPB. Only problem is that the walks aren't very ong. There may just be a reason for that! Bigsmile

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#87 22/09/2020 at 20:49

Forgot to ask: have you used an Ordnance Survey map and a compass together before? You will regularly walk into cloud, (thick mist), on the moors above Marsden.
Owling_Wolf, 10/09/2020 at 00:25





No, I haven’t. This sort stuff is part of the reason we’re starting by walking somewhere like Marsden, not too far from civilisation (stop!) in case we do get a bit lost.

I know it’s not as reliable, but we’ll have the GPS on our phones so should be OK 🤞🏼
LiamOwl, 20/09/2020 at 13:28

I personally wouldn't do that, Liam, unless you're staying pretty low down. The single most regular advice I see being given after any Mountain Rescue Team search / rescue is, "Always carry a map and compass and know how to use them." It's very good advice on hills and moorlands where the weather can change rapidly and be bloody horrible and persist so. It's up to you, pal. You'll have grown up as devices became widespread, unlike me (!), but they are always fallible, especially in foul weather - just when you'd need them most. Run out of battery, run out of data. Leave it somewhere, drop it or fall yourself and bash it on a rock. They've all happened, lots. And, whilst this one shouldn't apply to you there, my favourite MRT quote was along the lines of, 'We're used to rescuing injured folks found crawling down mountains. Now, with the spread of mobile phone use, we keep finding injured folks crawling UP mountains, trying to get a signal!" Smug
Also be aware that following book descriptions of walks is often made very difficult by the descriptions being along the lines of, 'Do this, then that, then in 300m do this, then look for this and do that.' They drive me mad. It's all very well if you keep finding the places and objects described, but things change over time and people make mistakes. Once you've gone even slightly wrong, you've had it because they don't say where you are at a given stage, except at major landmark. I led one last week and tried to follow the book instructions the night before whilst I had the relevant OS map in front of me. Despite several attempts, I couldn't. It didn't make sense. I couldn't even follow the route on the little map in the book route. Same happened next day. The instructions in three places en route made no sense on the ground. Highly annoying. I then just used the map.
If I was you, I would definitely buy a map and compass and take them with you, even whilst you aren't very familiar with them. Try and follow the route on the map before you go. Especially read the Key, even at home, enough times that you know what the symbols on the map. Note that subtle detail differences are important. How is a dotted / dashed line for a path or track different from those signifying overhead electricity lines?
Then, if you're using your phone to navigate at first, when you check that regularly, look at the map at the same time, 'til you can 'read' it quite familiarly.
At first, just carry your compass to point you N, E, S or W if needed. It doesn't weigh anything, does it. And costs a measly £20 or so. Why not get one and carry it. Then find a book on map and compass work and start to learn it at home. As it starts to sink in, start to use it bit by little bit on walks, until you are reasonably competent. Then practice on walks until it's second nature. If you get into hill walking it'll be worth it's weight in gold to you. You can also go on mini courses to be taught navigation. I once went on a Winter Mountain Skills course in Wales with the YHA and saw that they were doing navigation skills too, with practical application. Plenty of other places too, I'm sure.
If selecting a compass for walking, make sure it isn't too small. Mine has a 100mm graduation measure along one long edge of it's clear baseplate. You'll be needing to lay that along your intended A to B route on the map before setting your bearing. Too many 'beginners' compass baseplates are restrictingly short. For example, mine's a Silva. If you look on their existing website, I wouldn't recommend the sizes of their 'Starter 1-2-3' or 'Field' models. Too short and fiddly, IMO. Mine's not current but sits somewhere between their current 'Expedition' (Expensive, more like!) and 'Ranger' models. You'd want something like the latter, from them or another firm. I've always used theirs though no, I'm not on commission. Smug

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#88 22/09/2020 at 22:23

A few recent walks to catch up on. Had some great weather recently and really enjoyable walks.

26/8: Did a lovely little ramble of my own design from the Trans Pennine Trail spur car park in Renishaw, Derbys. Up to Spinkhill village, high above and very different from industrial Renishaw. Started back down through the 1840s residential school at Mount St. Mary's. Very nice. Lush sports fields. Down through crops into woodland by the Trail again but we followed a very old, abandoned part of the original Chesterfield Canal, then over a footbridge over the 'Old Road', the then North Midland Railway surveyed by the great George Stephenson. Despite being a Geordie he's buried in Chesterfield. (Just our luck: when he did that, steam engines couldn't get up the hills into Sheffield so he took the railway directly from Chesterfield to Rotherham and missed Sheffield out altogether. We ended up at the end of a separate branch line from Rotherham. Nearly two hundred years later, nothing changes. They're now going to do something similar with HS2!)
Back to the walk and next we walked down to the River Rother and followed a public footpath right across Renishaw Golf Course, emerging at the major road junction below Eckington, near the Mossbrook Inn. Just up the road we turned right onto Pipworth Lane, walked over the same river and under the same railway, crossing fields and up some steps onto the TPT again. The trail here follows the line of the old Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway, later Great Central Rly, Sheffield's fastest route to London (Marylebone) before the buggers shut it. It ran into Sheffield Victoria station and then over the Woodhead route, later Britain's first electrified main line, until the buggers shut that, too. Starting to notice a them here? Rolleyes
Back along the Trail, we then branched left when the parallel canal path diverged onto it's gently looping route across Spinkhill Lane and back to the car park in Renishaw.
Not a particularly long or taxing walk but quite diverse with woods, farmland, an industrial village and a handsome one, good views from the latter, canal side, golf course, old railway all combining to make it more interesting.

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#89 22/09/2020 at 22:28

2/9: A local walk from Ford, up the Moss Valley to near Norton, then via Stonely Woods, eventually back to Ford. Just beat the rain which started as we drove off. 7.2 miles. 4 hours.

5/9: Explored two trail ends which I'd noticed in the Holbrook area and had been itching to know where they went. I went round at pace, solo, as I only had 2 hours until the start of a rock show I'd paid to stream. Now I know and I reversed the first to access the second and find my way home. Approx 5 miles in 1.75 hours. Nowt to write home about but a decent training walk.

7/9. Monday Walk from Scout Dyke Reservoir above Penistone. Walked around three reservoirs on the high plateau west of Ingbirchworth, (which I'm sure must be an anagram.) Just under 7 miles, I seem to recall. Quite enjoyable, especially finding our way back once our leaders guide book had mislaid us. Smug

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#90 23/09/2020 at 14:20

Thank you Owling, have taken your advice and bought a map and compass, should arrive Friday. I’ll have a “trial run” from home as you suggest Friday night and hopefully fathom it.

Hopefully post back on Sunday to let you know how we get on, unless of course I’m still walking around the moors aimlessly Bigsmile

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