50 Peaks in 50 weeks update

50 Peaks in 50 Weeks (Update)

Recap: Keith & Nicky Morris, having reached their 50th birthdays early in 2012, are climbing 50 peaks in 50 weeks to raise enough money to pay for 50 life-changing operations for people far less fortunate than themselves in rural Zambia.

Current total: £2,725 + Gift Aid.

The present target is currently £4,000

A second visit to the beautiful Peak District was our April venue in our charity hill-walking challenge. Another impressive ridge walk in the Peak District, this time beginning at the second highest pub in England, the Cat and Fiddle (or Piddle as Nicky renamed it) Inn.

A bright, sunny but very cold morning was ideal walking weather as we parked opposite the pub and, dodging the multiple motorbikes and cyclists, set off for the nearby Shining Tor. A reasonably comfortable climb on sign-posted paths got us to the top in around 40 minutes. Lying on the border between Derbyshire and Cheshire it is the latter’s County Top and the highest point for some considerable miles around. Bolton, Oldham and Manchester are visible down below and we could even see Snowdonia and the Wrekin in Shropshire, so clear were the views.

We continued along the ridge on a well-marked path to the nearby Cats Tor before turning around and retracing our steps for a welcome drink (and piddle) at the Cat and Fiddle after a three-hour hike. Crossing the A537 we then headed off south to claim Whetstone Ridge and complete the seven-mile walk. As we were posing for the obligatory picture, a few flakes of snow started swirling around us and reminded us that the previous weekend the Cat and Fiddle pass was closed by snow drifts. Fortunately no repeat for us though!

At this point, we decided that we did not have time to walk the three miles to and from Axe Edge Moor so we walked back to the pub and drove the car round to the far side of Axe Edge to take the shorter but steeper three-quarters of a mile route across another boggy moor from an A53 layby.

Axe Edge is the Pennine watershed and the very boggy gritstone moor is the source of no less than five rivers: the Goyt, the Dane, the Dove, the Wye and the Manifold, heading to both the Irish and North Seas. The moor is the meeting point of Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire and is also where the Dark Peak area meets the White Peak district.

Walk Factfile

Peaks: Shining Tor 1834ft (559 m), Cats Tor 1703ft (519m), Whetstone Ridge 1795ft (547m), Axe Edge Moor 1,808ft (551m)
Miles: 8.5
Difficulty: Moderate

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