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Kinder Scout SP-001

 

Kinder Scout, G/SP-001 - 636m ASL - SK 086 875 - OS Explorer OL1 - 4 SOTA points        Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

 

Tuesday 27th April 2021 - Kinder Scout G/SP-001, The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

This is the curious name of a farm near Hayfield, on the A624 Chinley-to-Glossop road.  I’d never heard of it until a couple of weeks ago when Marianne led me on a walk she had done with her work colleagues.  That circular from Chinley took in Cracken Edge, Mount Famine and South Head and became Lockdown 47 on my website: http://tomread.co.uk/lockdown_47.htm

Peep-O-Day Farm - parking available here        Bridleway from the A624

 

With a day off work, and Marianne at work herself (so not available for a walk), I was a “free agent” and able to plot my own course.  I fancied an activation of Kinder Scout for what would be an unusually late juncture in the year to collect those 4 activator points.  Furthermore, inspired from Marianne’s route, I had the idea of a new route to G/SP-001 - and descent route - to create a circular for what might (indeed has) become Lockdown 48.  

 

Straight over the Pennine Bridleway onto the Edale path        Footpath sign

 

I found myself approaching Peep-O-Day in the car having not pulled in anywhere to buy food to load in my rucksack, so I continued past the parking spot and down into Hayfield village.  It was only just past 6am, but the newsagent was open, and selling pies and sandwiches.  The steak pie from here was arguably one of the greatest steak pies I have ever had - worthy of further investigation! 

 

Looking ahead to Kinderlow End        Dropping into Coldwell Clough

 

Back up at Peep-O-Day, there was a long lay-by opposite the farm with parking available for a number of cars.  I set off from here up the by-way on the opposite side of the A624.  This led up to the Pennine Bridleway which was crossed to continue past the north end of Mount Famine.  At this point, I noticed that my handheld was not attached to my rucksack strap!  I’d only been walking ten minutes, so I retraced my steps back to the car to retrieve it. 

 

Heading to the left of Mount Famine Steps up Kinderlow End Tom M1EYP

 

Take 2…  After passing the north end of Mount Famine for the second time, the path swung left (north) and dropped down into a valley containing farms and farm access roads.  I turned sharp right to follow the track through the valley bottom and as it then climbed up towards the Kinder plateau. 

 

Gradually ascending farm road        Track becomes rougher as height is gained

 

With Kinderlow End beginning to loom large ahead, the route turned left onto a rougher (but still well-established) path that passed through a couple of field boundaries before swinging right towards the steep pull to the edge of the plateau.  This was easier than it first appeared on a well engineered staircase. 

 

Looking back across to South Head and Mount Famine        Left turn off the track here

 

The gradient began to ease as the slope rounded off, and a short while later, the path became flagged.  From this point it wasn’t long before the familiar large cairns and finally the trig point at Kinder Low came into view.

 

Taking the Glossop path to get to Kinderlow End        Kinderlow End

 

I set up in a bit of a dip behind a peat hag for a little shelter from the cold breeze.  The 20m groundplane was the antenna of choice today, but I still used a variety of operating modes.  After an extensive session on 20m, I packed everything away, then used the 2m FM handheld before commencing my descent.

 

Kinder Reservoir        Tom on Kinderlow End

 

73 QSOs:

20m CW: 32 QSOs

20m SSB: 11 QSOs

20m FT4: 13 QSOs

20m FT8: 7 QSOs

2m FM: 10 QSOs

 

Walking the broad ridge from Kinderlow End to Kinder Low        Boulders!

20m SSB S2S: EA6KB on EA6/MA-025 SP6F/P on SP/SZ-007 OE5REO/P on OE/OO-446

20m CW S2S: M1BUU/P on G/LD-058

Path becomes flagged as Kinder Low is approached        First substantial cairn as Kinder Low is neared

 

For the descent, I initially followed the Pennine Way down past Edale Rocks. 

 

A vegetated cairn!        Kinder Low trig point

 

However, instead of turning sharp left to continue along the PW towards Jacob’s Ladder, I pressed straight on along the flagged footpath over Brown Knoll. 

 

Tom at the summit        Kinder Low summit area

 

In recent years, I have then been turning left to pass the trig point on Brown Knoll and then follow the flagged path all the way down to the lay-by at Rushup Edge. 

 

20m band amateur radio aerial Amateur radio rig and battery Sheltering from a rain shower

 

This time I continued the very enjoyable gradually descending path as it curved around a broad ridge. 

 

Starting the descent route        Edale Rocks

 

While thoroughly enjoying this fine walk, I couldn't quite believe that I had been walking on Kinder for over 18 years without ever previously picking out this fine "horseshoe" route to try.

 

Large cairn        Following Pennine Way path here for a short distance

 

Eventually, this joins the Pennine Bridleway, passing to the right of South Head, and to the left of Mount Famine. 

 

Footpath along the shoulder of Brown Knoll        Heading towards South Head and Mount Famine

 

Brown Knoll rises to your left.  A short optional detour to visit the trig point can be taken here.

 

Paved section besdie the wall        Approaching South Head

 

The path continued as it gently dropped towards the increasingly imposing South Head.

 

Track around South Head towards Mount Famine        Track along the side of Mount Famine

 

From South Head, the Pennine Bridleway was rejoined and followed down to the short byway back down to Peep-O-Day.  A very enjoyable and satisfying route.

 

Pennine Bridleway        Very close to the left turn back to the parking spot at Peep-O-Day

Later in the day I would also activate The Cloud G/SP-015 and Gun G/SP-013.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

S2S

08:38

F5JKK

14MHz

CW

 

08:38

OK1JKR

14MHz

CW

 

08:39

EA7GV

14MHz

CW

 

08:39

F4WBN

14MHz

CW

 

08:41

SM5LNE

14MHz

CW

 

08:42

SV2OXS

14MHz

CW

 

08:43

SP9AMH

14MHz

CW

 

08:43

G4OBK

14MHz

CW

 

08:44

EA7MT

14MHz

CW

 

08:44

LZ2DD

14MHz

CW

 

08:45

OK1ZE

14MHz

CW

 

08:46

S57DD

14MHz

CW

 

08:47

EU144MHzM

14MHz

CW

 

08:50

EA6KB

14MHz

SSB

EA6/MA-025

08:52

SP6F/P

14MHz

SSB

SP/SZ-007

09:00

EA1DHB

14MHz

SSB

 

09:01

OE1WYC

14MHz

SSB

 

09:03

OH3GZ

14MHz

SSB

 

09:06

OH6KSX

14MHz

SSB

 

09:06

9A1IB

14MHz

SSB

 

09:07

EA3EVL

14MHz

SSB

 

09:10

IZ6FCK

14MHz

SSB

 

09:17

SY2DCF

14MHz

FT4

 

09:19

R4FBQ

14MHz

FT4

 

09:20

SQ9RZA

14MHz

FT4

 

09:21

LA5WNA

14MHz

FT4

 

09:23

OK1TRJ

14MHz

FT4

 

09:30

HG3FMZ

14MHz

FT4

 

09:31

M0UTD

14MHz

FT4

 

09:32

SV2SOQ

14MHz

FT4

 

09:34

UA1ALW

14MHz

FT4

 

09:35

UT5ZC

14MHz

FT4

 

09:36

SV6DBG

14MHz

FT4

 

09:38

OG2K

14MHz

FT4

 

09:39

2E0EEY

14MHz

FT4

 

09:45

S59WT

14MHz

FT8

 

09:52

SA4BLM

14MHz

FT8

 

09:53

RN1CW

14MHz

FT8

 

09:56

YO6CFB

14MHz

FT8

 

09:59

S57DD

14MHz

FT8

 

10:04

OK2SGY

14MHz

FT8

 

10:06

OH3RB

14MHz

CW

 

10:07

SP9UPH

14MHz

FT8

 

10:28

OE5REO/P

14MHz

SSB

OE/OO-446

10:40

SP9AMH

14MHz

FT8

 

11:02

IK2LEY

14MHz

CW

 

11:02

S52CU

14MHz

CW

 

11:03

K4DY

14MHz

CW

 

11:04

OE6GND

14MHz

CW

 

11:04

OH3GZ

14MHz

CW

 

11:05

EA3Y

14MHz

CW

 

11:07

EA7GVZ

14MHz

CW

 

11:07

KD1CT

14MHz

CW

 

11:08

IK3HMB

14MHz

CW

 

11:09

OH8UL

14MHz

CW

 

11:29

DJ5AV

14MHz

CW

 

11:30

SP9MA

14MHz

CW

 

11:32

EA2EOQ

14MHz

CW

 

11:32

OH5RP

14MHz

CW

 

11:33

EA2DT

14MHz

CW

 

11:34

SP9NLI

14MHz

CW

 

11:38

M1BUU/P

14MHz

CW

G/LD-058

11:40

EU1FY

14MHz

CW

 

11:55

2W0JYN

144MHz

FM

 

11:57

2W0BML

144MHz

FM

 

11:57

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

 

11:58

MW6SHJ

144MHz

FM

 

12:00

G7WKX

144MHz

FM

 

12:01

M0ZMF

144MHz

FM

 

12:02

2E0XMA

144MHz

FM

 

12:06

2E0TXT

144MHz

C4FM

 

12:08

G0RLJ

144MHz

FM

 

12:13

M7AQX

144MHz

FM

 

 

Tuesday 11th May 2021

Marianne was up uncharacteristically early around 5.30am BST.  I was already up, but that wasn't all that unusual for me!  We ended up setting off shortly after 6am for Marianne's first ever taste of an early walk!  We drove up through Whaley Bridge and Chinley, and parked at Peep-O-Day.  We would do the same route as I had done two weeks earlier (above) - Lockdown 48.

More direct route down to Coldwell Clough        Wooden footbridge

 

In a slight variation, I found the path more directly down into Coldwell Clough that I'd missed a fortnight earlier. 

 

Dropping down into Coldwell Clough        Walled track after crossing the stream

Marianne claimed that she would have rather have remained on the better track for a more graded descent into the valley.  Thereafter, we duplicated the same route as above.

Looking ahead towards Kinder Scout        Stonier track gaining height

On the summit, I used only a 2m FM handheld, and made three QSOs, including a summit-to-summit with John GW4TQE/P on Moel Gyw GW/NW-053.

NT sign Steep ascent of Kinderlow End Continuing the climb of Kinderlow End

It was windy and cool across the Kinder Low area, and I could see that Marianne was keen to get going again.  Therefore, I didn't persist with trying for the fourth QSO that I didn't need anyway!

Kinderlow End Marching on towards Kinder Low trig point Cairn close to Kinder Low

Although as we started the descent, Richard G3CWI did try to call in.  He was a weak and scratchy signal though, and soon disappeared altogether.

Kinder Low        Tom M1EYP

The descent was a pleasant amble down the gradually descending broad curving ridge that passes Brown Knoll, South Head and Mount Famine.  We were back at the car by 11.30am, and drove into Whaley Bridge for coffee and cakes, and a little walk along the canal.  Most pleasant!

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