Back in the Peak

When the sun is shining, the Peak District really is a great place to come home to. In its August prime of purple heather, the scenery is sumptuous!

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Two contrasting days of climbing. …

First outing was to Stoney West. Helen and I spent a disappointing day there a couple of years ago, when it was first developed. Very crumbly routes and a muddy approach. Things have settled down now and we did four decent routes. Helen had an outstanding day, leading 3 6as and a 6b!

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By way of contrast, we decided to get a hit of Moorland Grit, whilst the weather window held, and adventured up to Tintwistle Knarr. Everything is a bit grassy up there at the moment, but The Arete remains clean and has to be one of the best lines in the Peak.

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…and the bilberry crop is the most abundant I’ve ever seen!

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