Micro Event: Peak District Classic Scramble
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Join us as we set out to tackle two of the Peak District's best Classic Scrambles!
Wildboar Clough (Grade 2/3) & Torside Clough (Grade 1)
Starting from the Peak District National Park Car park, we'll briefly follow the Longdendale Trail, before picking-up the path taking us up along the lower section of Wildboar Clough before joining the main stream bed itself after around 1.5Km. Good footwork will be required as we weave our way up the clough, following the rocks to the side of the stream and alongside a number of waterfalls, but good skill should keep you're feet dry!!
There's a couple of technical sections that earn this route it's grading, meaning that climbing harness & helmet are ESSENTIAL!!
After climbing around 120m the stream levels out and we'll emerge onto Shining Clough Moss which we'll cross to pick up the Penine way for about another 1.5km until we reach the head of Torside Clough, where again, delicate foot work will be needed to keep your feet dry as we follow the stream down through some narrow and deep canyons and over some great boulders making this a Grade I Scramble.
Once the stream levels out again we'll pick-up a small footpath climbing slightly before re-joining the Longdendale Trail once more for a couple of KM's to return to the car-park!
Anyone familiar with Dark-Peak gritstone will know it as tactile and grippy, but following streams does mean some sections will be greasy (to say the least). The "climbing" is generally 'short&sweet' and we'll set up a quick belay where it's needed, but there is a lot of "hands-on rock" for much of both sections of the scrambling, so an ability to move confidently on vertical rock, above water, is needed.
Total walk : approx. 12km / 400m ascent
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What to bring
This is a full-on mountain day - in the Peak District; the weather should hold no surprises, so you will need sturdy, waterproof walking boots (not trainers) as well as full waterproofs (including trousers), Warm, layered clothing (to suit changing body temperature as we climb and rest ) and some spare layers too, along with hat and gloves.
For the technical sections of scrambling you will also NEED a Climbing Harness and Helmet (Please let the event leader know when you book on if you don't have both!). Ideally you should know how to put these on properly!! But you won't need other climbing equipment as the leader will bring rope and enough other kit.
As we'll be scrambling around on gritstone rock, you might prefer to bring older waterproofs if you have them!
Whilst we aim to be back down off the hill before sunset please ensure you have a good head-torch, just in case!
Rucksack, with waterproof bags/drybags to keep everything dry.
Food & drink
Please bring enough food and water for a full day on the hill, as we won't be passing anywhere suitable for buying food or drink on the walk.