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Kinder walk promises winter wonders

Posted 15 January 2013
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Kinder walk promises winter wonders
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The cold weather that has arrived in Britain these past few days has left many upland areas - including the Pennines - covered in snow, with plenty more of the white stuff likely to be on the way.

Some see the snow as a good reason to stay indoors, but others will take one peep and reach for their walking boots, plus some crampons if they are heading for the hills.

Winter attire will be needed, of course, but thermal clothes should provide plenty of warmth and the effort of heading uphill will do plenty to help walkers stay comfortable.

For those living near the Peak District, an ascent of Kinder Scot may be an enticing prospect. And on January 27th, Peak District National Park Authority rangers will be leading a winter walk on the mountain's northern edges.

Starting at 10:30 GMT and ending at 16:30 GMT, the trek will begin from the Bowden Bridge car park near Hayfield and covers eight miles of what the authority describes as "strenuous walk with steep ascents". As well as walking boots, participants are advised to bring waterproofs, warm clothes, a packed lunch and something hot to drink.

The northern edges offer a vista across the Ashop Valley, with the river from the watershed between the Kinder Plateau and Mill Hill, which is crossed by the Snake Path and the Pennine Way. If the weather is clear, there may also be a panorama towards Bleaklow and Black Hill to the north.

Winter walkers can enjoy much else when the plateau is covered in snow. The odd mountain hare might be sighted in its white winter coat, while Kinder Downfall can be a spectacular sight when it is cold enough for its cascade to freeze. Ice climbers can enjoy a spectacular climb of the curtain of huge icicles. Several other small steams can freeze over.

The wind on such occasions may be bitingly cold, so good head protection is a must, but one great advantage of such conditions is that the frozen peat provides a far better surface to walk on than the squelchy bog much of the plateau turns into at other times of the year.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801522829-ADNFCR