Sunday, 8th September 2013
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Not an easy car park to find, but eventually we are already to set off . . .
and find the BBQ going at the nearby Youth Hostel - for a Charity walk!
A pleasant walk in the woodland . . .
where Kath tries out the rope swing
John tempts the goats with a little grass . . .
but these prefer to choose their own
John points out an amazing mass of exposed tree roots . . .
below which the clay soil almost looks like bricks
Our first view of the Hanging Stone a precarious rock outcrop
The plaque reads:
LT COL HENRY COURTNEY BROCKLEHURST 10TH ROYAL HUSSARS
"Horses he loved and
laughter, the sun, with spaces and the open air.
Erected by his devoted brother 1949"
Kath checks out the view from the top . . .
before peering over the edge
Ascending . . .
and descending . . .
into Lud Church . . .
an immense natural cleft in the rock on the hillside above Gradbach . . .
in a forest area known as the Black Forest.
The feature has been formed by a landslip which has detached a large section of rock from the hillside,
thus forming a cleft which is over 15 metres high in places and over
100 metres long,
though usually only a couple of metres wide.
Kath checks out the view at the beginning of the rock formations along the Roaches ridge . . .
where there are lots of opportunities . . .
to explore around . . .
and over rocks
The group gathers at the trig point . . .
from where there are good views . . .
over the surrounding countryside . . .
and the nearby reservoir
Dropping down below the ridge . . .
we find lots of rock climbers . . .
testing out their skills . . .
in finding . . .
the best foothold . . .
to reach the top . . .
of the climb
The it's on to Ramshaw Ridge . . .
as John checks out the rock stack . . .
while the rest of the group continues along the path
Looks like 'The Sorting Hat' . . .
but not from this angle
The heather is nearly in full bloom