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Home Diary Walks Curbar Gap Totley 20 Aug 2017

Curbar Gap Totley 20 Aug 2017

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Walk Diary Sunday 20 August 2017 Weather, 18°C. superb.
Curbar Gap NT car park Depart 10 a.m. 9 ½ miles Leader: Gerry White
No. on walk 10

The most perfect day and the best time of year to be up here on the moors above Curbar and beyond towards Sheffield, where the Heather, now at its prime, is some of the best views of this species I have ever seen. It was good to fill the nostrils as the mild honey scent was wafted up into the air by a light breeze, which also served to keep us cool as we wended our way on a myriad of almost invisible trails through Heather and Bracken.

For once there was plenty of room on this small car park which usually has its fair share of cyclists and day trippers vying for space and although there were plenty of people around, most seemed to prefer roadside parking on the rather narrow lane leading up from Curbar, perhaps they were not 'Trust' members and preferred not to have to pay for their parking.

We set off in a north easterly direction, firstly passing through a large herd of cattle grazing the surrounding moor and then began a small climb along a Bracken clad path up onto Big Moor. We continued in the same general direction, criss-crossing Bar Brook on more than one occasion, at the same time stepping from Derbyshire into Yorkshire, as the brook forms the boundary between these two great counties. We eventually arrived at a small isolated dwelling owned and run by The Eastern Moors Partnership, a union between The National Trust and the RSPB, probably used as a centre for both charities. Here we found a large group of Mountain rescuers, who it appeared, were putting their sniffer dogs though their paces. We observed them with interest as we took our first break at this point.

We now continued our journey northwards crossing the busy road at Saltersitch Bridge and gained the path on Totley Moss, oh and what a sight, purple Heather, quite
literally, as far as the eye could see. We were soon stopped in our tracks, for just below us was a small group of Red Deer, standing still watching us intently, ready to run lest we should we make a move towards them, cameras and fingers were the only things pointing towards them. We walked on though the Heather, turning to walk west along Moss Road, making for the air shaft of the Totley Tunnel, a three plus rail tunnel that runs beneath the moor at this point.

We left the moor crossing over the A625 and descended to some rocks just above Little John's Well, this turned out to be a great spot for lunch, plenty rocky seats and good views of the Longshaw estate below. With lunch over we dropped down a bit to join an estate path northwards to re-cross the A625 once more and then climb up onto White Edge Moor. Our way was now set to follow the edge all the way along to the 365 metre trig point, where we rested awhile, finally moving on to retrace our steps back to the parked cars some three quarters of a mile away. After some discussion most of us drove down to Calver Sough Garden centre to try the cafe there for the first time, we were delighted with the service and I dare say we will call there again sometime in the future. A great day out amongst friends, made all the better by our wonderful surroundings.



Last Updated on Sunday, 20 August 2017 19:06