Our small group of seven stalwarts set off from a lay-by near the Fox House Inn, walking into a very cold wind along a well-defined rocky path, which used to be the old Sheffield Road. Thankfully when we forked left and walked beside a pine plantation we were sheltered from the wind and the walk was more pleasant.
Leaving the track we crossed Burbage Moor where there were quite a few muddy patches and a couple of big puddles covered in a thin sheet of ice.
We arrived at the Ox Stones which have been sculptured by years of harsh weather into their strange shapes. A few weeks ago a 12 foot python was discovered here but luckily none were seen that day or several of us would have qualified for the Olympic AthletesEvents!
The heather here is being harvested, loaded into large white sacks and waiting to be transported to Kinder where it is hoped it will stabilize the bare peat.
We arrived at Burbage Bridgeand dropped down into the valley where we walked beside golden bracken and managed to reach the cars before darkness fell.
For next month’s 5 mile walk on Sunday 2nd December, we will be led by Bob Cable from Litton, through Millers Dale and Cressbrook Dale, after which we are invited to Bob and Ruth’s home for seasonal refreshments.