It sure is cold….but sunny

Mother Cap Tor on Hathersage Moor 1

Mother Cap Tor on Hathersage Moor, Derbyshire

We kept faith with the weather forecaster who predicted a sunny day, so we headed off for the moors…I have to add we had fingers well and truly crossed as it was still a very grey, damp and unpromising start to the day. But we were not disappointed the sun did come out to play and even though it was bitterly cold (an arctic wind did blow) it was a  great day to tramp through the Heather and what remained of a smattering of snow.

Destination was Hathersage Moor.  This is an area of moorland scattered with rock outcrops called Tors. It was once an open air industrial site as these same rocks were once shaped into ‘millstones’….today the only sites you will see are expansive views over a few of Derbyshire’s valleys and extended views to other snow covered heights.

Hope Valley and Kinder Scout 2

Kinder Scout Plateau from Over Owler Tor, Hathersage Moor 

The walk start with a gentle climb through Silver Birch, bare at this time of the year but there thin skeletons swaying in todays wind.  then all of a sudden you are there on Hathersage Moor and gentle inclines to the various rocky, some time dramatic outcrops of Gritstone Rock….

4th February

(C) David Oakes 2016