2018-07-12 Ecclesall to Fox House via Carl Wark, Padley Gorge, Longshaw

Thursday 12th July 2018 09:01

Walking track by Ivor Hutchinson

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Cloudy, warm, humid. A rerun of the walk on 19th April to make sure the problems I had with it were a one-off! No struggle this time, and was making good time, so did an extended version. Maybe 8 miles is a sensible limit nowadays, as I did struggle on the interminable (and steep) climb from Grindleford through Yarncliff Wood. Hoped to make 10 miles, but just fell short. Ground has dried out almost completely since April (hardly surprising after these hot, dry few weeks!), though I did hit one big boggy area below Carl Wark. Saw a couple of rabbits: black one (escaped pet?) near the mast above Wigley Farm, and a normal one along the Limb Valley. Several wheatears coming down from Burbage top.