Wednesday, 16th May 2018

Walk: Pennine Bridleway, High Peak Trail, Harboro Rocks, Griffe Grange, Arm Lees Farm, Hopton Quarries, Middleton Moor
Start Point: Middleton Top Grid Reference: SK 275 551
Distance: 7 miles Ascent: 1,060 feet
Time: 3.5 hours
Weather: Overcast with a cold wind
Comments: A much colder day than yesterday, all layers were needed including hats and gloves. Approaching Harboro Rocks we spotted a group of children ready to try out some rock climbing. The rocks provided shelter from the cold wind for our elevenses. Navigating fields and tracks we made our way around and over Middleton Moor to return to the car.

The High Peak Trail, which follows the track bed of the former Cromford and High Peak Railway, reaches a deep cutting before entering . . .

the Hopton Tunnel

Giant lego bricks!?!

Looking back at the tunnel which is 103 metres long

Our first view of Harboro Rocks . . .

where groups of children and adults are getting ready to do some rock climbing

Reaching the trig point, Carsington Water comes into view

With a cold wind blowing we find a sheltered spot for our first stop

Leaving Harboro rocks behind . . .

we take a route around Middleton Moor . . .

where we spot a lovely group of bluebells hidden in the woodland

We are amazed at the fields absolutely covered by cowslips . . .

which deserve . . .

a closer look

Heading back to Middleton Top we can zoom in on Black Rocks . . .

which we visited on Sunday

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