Six county tops – long distance run by Andy Robinson

Hi all

Please find attached report from Andy Robinson on his recent ‘Six County Tops’ attempt

“I had cracking day out yesterday with Tony Wimbush (Idle AC, & the man behind the gofar ultra challenge website), running the Peak Six County Tops. We rationalised the original route that was done last December, which reduced the distance to 45 miles, & there’s about 6300 ft of climbing.

We left a car at Crowden, then drove to park the second car up by where the Cheeks Hill path leaves the minor road near Buxton, GR026704 (It’s a point to point run, so you need 2 cars or a support driver). We set off at 7:33…

0:04 Cheeks Hill (Staffordshire). Not so much a hill, more a wall corner on a slope.

Then the only main road stretch, 1.5 miles to the Cat & Fiddle, in the cloud.

0:44 Shining Tor (Cheshire East), & the cloud lifted.

Paths & quiet roads now to Kinder, with the weather really rather good for running: no wind & the right temperature. We went via Errwood Reservor dam, Combs, Lower Crossings, New Smithy & Beet Farm (the High Peak 40 route) which worked pretty well, it’s all fast. Then along the fence line past Brown Knoll & up the Pennine Way to the Kinder Low trig. Luckily we had good visibility so only faffed around for a few minutes finding the official “top” (using back bearings on Kinder Low & the Wool Packs).

4:02 Kinder Scout (Derbyshire)

SSE & we picked up the Edale Skyline shortcut to the head of Grindsbrook, & followed the edge path from there to Crookstone. On the way the heavens opened & we got 30 minutes of cold rain & sleet. That really wasn’t pleasant, considering we weren’t exactly equipped for winter conditions. Down to the Ladybower Reservoirs to warm up, then with the weather back as it was we climbed up the good track From Howden Dam to Howden Edge & started the awful boggy trudge. It’s really wet up there this weekend, & we were up to our knees many times.

7:38 High Stones (South Yorkshire)

…and the swamp continued along the tops all the way to Featherbed Moss & down to the A628 Woodhead road. It’s not quite as bad over Dead Edge End and Britland Edge Hill, but we were getting pretty tired by this point & it took forever to reach Holme Moss. A steady trudge up Black Hill got even blacker & we had to don headtorches, but we were lucky enough to find the path up OK.

11:30 Black Hill (West Yorkshire)

Yippee – flagstones. Say what you like about them, they’re a godsend on Black Hill in the dark. We managed to pcik more or less the right point to cut up right to the fence & follow it left to…

12:21 Black Chew Hill (Greater Manchester)

Back down to the Pennine Way & down to Crowden…

13:19 Crowden car park
  …and we reckon this is a really good day out!”