Winter Walk to Kinder Downfall
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This event has been rescheduled (Original Date 9th December 2023)
Join Outdoor Lads for a challenging winter walk along the edge of the Kinder Plateau.
A short climb brings us to Kinder Reservoir with a fine few of the days route. After passing Kinder Reservoir we begin the ascent of William Clough, until it meets the Pennine Way, at this point the majority of the days climbing is behind us, here we should have fine views of the western edge of the Kinder Plateau.
A short sharp climb along the Pennine Way then brings us to the western edge of the Kinder Plateau which we can follow to the Downfall. Depending on wind direction, we may get wet crossing the Downfall as the winds can often funnel up the valley forcing the water up many tens of metres in the air, or better still if there has been a prolonged cold spell, icefalls maybe present as observed on my walk in early December 2022 as per the photos.
From the downfall we gradually descend via Kinder Low to cross farmland back towards Hayfield.
Well behaved dogs are welcome.
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Image credits: All photos taken by the leader.
What to bring
Walking Trousers: Walking trousers should be of a windproof design and made of a rip stop material, that will stand up to walking through ferns and undergrowth. They should also ideally be water resistant, or at least not gain weight, and lose their insulation properties when wet. Jeans are therefore to be avoided, as they are heavy when wet and provide no protection from the elements.
Waterproof Trousers: Waterproof trousers are essential in keeping the legs dry, as water resistant trousers will not keep out any significant rainfall. Walker’s should look for waterproof trousers that are breathable, in order to avoid being soaked with sweat.
Base Layer: A breathable base layer should be chosen in order to let sweat escape from the body. This should ideally consist of a breathable synthetic, specially designed fabric, though a cotton T-Shirt is sufficient.
Mid Layer: A Mid Layer goes on top of the base layer and should consist of a 100 weight micro fleece, or a rugby typed thick shirt. The layering system is important as it allows walkers to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature.
Waterproof Jacket: A good waterproof jacket is one of the most important pieces of kit you will require when hiking. Walkers should look for a jacket that is both waterproof and breathable in order for them to be protected from sweat. Materials such as Gore-tex are often the best choices.
Hat: As most heat is lost through the head a good hat is essential. The best hats are those of a fleece design, with wool also being acceptable.
Rucksack: A good Rucksack that is comfortable to wear is essential, and required to carry both food and equipment. Day sacks should have a capacity of around 30 litres with equipment being placed in water proof bags inside.
Food & Water: At least two litres of water should be brought for each day hiking.. Enough food for the duration of a walk should also be taken. Food should be of the high energy variety.
Mobile Phone: A mobile phone should also be brought and kept in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies.
Food & drink
You will need a packed lunch plus snacks and also plenty of water (at least 2 litres).
There are no opportunities to purchase on the walk