KIPLING KAPER
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Kipling Kaper - 29th March 2008
WALK STATISTICS
Date 29th March 2008 Description Kipling Kaper
Start Point Meerbrook Village Hall Peaks Climbed The Roaches 505m
Total Time 7hrs 36min <----------  Time Taken for Statistics
Walking Time 7hrs 06min    
Stopped Time 0hrs 30min    
Distance 21.60 miles    
Moving Average 3.0 mph Start Grid Ref SJ 98769 60865
Elevation at Start 211 metres Temperature 6-7°C
Total Ascent 1,090 metres Weather Sun, Cloud, Rain, Wind
Max Elevation 505 metres Walking With 150 Walkers & Runners
WALK NOTES

Meerbrook Village Hall - Abbey Green - Rudyard - Staffordshire Way - Rushton Spencer - Dane Valley Way - Danebridge - Wildboarclough - Gradbach - Roach End - The Roaches - Meerbrook Village Hall

The forecast for the day was wind and rain with a deep low over the country. Luckily the day started with bright sunshine. About 150 walkers and runners took part is this 26 mile event. The route passes through some of the most lovely scenery on the western edge of the Peak District. We set off from Meerbrook Village Hall and headed along the Leek Road next to Tittesworth Reservoir. After a short distance the route turned left to pass North Hillswood Farm and on to the highest point at 259 metres. The path then dropped down to Abbey Green passing the Abbey Inn. After crossing the road we continued over fields down to Tessenderlo Fine Chemicals Factory. We then walked a short way up the A523 to take a path on the left which went via a disused railway and the River Churnet. Eventually we arrived in Rudyard and then followed the Staffordshire Way next to Rudyard Reservoir. The scenery was lovely during this part of the walk.

The first checkpoint was in the car park at the northern end of Rudyard Reservoir. After a short refreshment break we followed the disused railway and then fields to Rushton Spencer. The sun had disappeared now and the skies started to look a bit black. At least it was not raining yet. We walked up Sugar Street out of Rushton Specer and eventually came to the Dane Valley Way which we followed to Danebridge then other paths and tracks to Wildboarclough and Checkpoint 2. It was now raining and becoming quite windy. There was a lovely feast of food awaiting us at the village hall including grapefruit segments and oatcakes as well as lots of savouries and drinks. It was a wecome break.

I decided (due to the deteriorating weather conditions) to follow the short route to Gradbach. The main route went to Three Shires Head and there was an optional extra to climb Shutlingsloe. After arriving at the Youth Hostel at Gradbach I decided to visit the third Checkpoint at Gradbach Car Park. The route follows the main path through Back Forest to Roach End. It was now pouring with rain and very windy. The ascent of The Roaches was not an easy one. Walking along the ridge was very difficult and it was hard not to be blown over. I descended near Rockhall and passed Hen Cloud. It was then across several fields back to Meerbrook Village Hall. A interesting day in varying weather conditions. Throughout the walk the paths and tracks were very muddy and boggy and in places very slippery - making walking very slow and difficult.

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MAP 3
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MAP 4
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PROFILE
REFERENCE

Reference Books Used

Kipling Kaper Walk Description
Maps Used
OL24 Explorer - The Peak District (White Peak Area)
PHOTOGRAPHS
Registration at Meerbrook Village Hall
Outside Meerbrook Village Hall
Waiting for the start at Meerbrook Village Hall
Final Instructions before the start
Walking up Leek Road out of Meerbrook
Path near Hillswood
Path to Abbey Green
Path through the trees to Abbey Green
Abbey Inn
Path near Highfield Hall
Nearing Tessenderlo Fine Chemicals factory
The sign says "Hotel Rudyard" - is this a simple hotel for horses then?
Crossing the main A523 Leek to Macclesfield
Path above River Churnet
Heading underneath a disused railway bridge
A very muddy section near Staffordshire Way
Following small stream on way to Rudyard
Following small stream on way to Rudyard
Small stream flows under track across the path
Still following stream on way to Rudyard
Nearing Rudyard
Path to Rudyard
Continuing following stream to Rudyard
Continuing following stream to Rudyard
Boathouse on Rudyard Reservoir
Rudyard Reservoir
Path next to Rudyard Reservoir
Rudyard Reservoir
Path next to Rudyard Reservoir
Rudyard Reservoir
Castellated house (once a Youth Hostel)
Track near top end of Rudyard Reservoir
Track near top end of Rudyard Reservoir
Disused railway track
Path across fields to Rushton Spencer
Rushton Spencer - Sugar Street
Track leading away from Rushton Spencer
Dane Valley Way
A muddy path on Dane Valley Way
Weir on River Dane
Path next to River Dane
Trout Farm at Danebridge
Ship Inn - Danebridge
Wild Boar Inn
Heading away from Wildboarclough
Black Brook near Gradbach
The Roaches Summit Trig Point
CERTIFICATE
OVERALL ROUTE MAP
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