Curbar Edge, Froggatt Edge, White Edge Circular Walk

Whilst I’ve been off I’ve been looking a walks. I like walking, but I’m a fair weather walker. But not too fair, because I don’t like being hot. I was disappointed that I got a tan in Norway, and it still hasn’t really gone!

The other week I went with my mum to the Peak District, and we did a walk from Surprise View car park, to Higger Tor, to Padley Gorge. It took us almost 3 hours, and it was quite a nice walk. A bit hilly in places, but my legs and knees were fine. We found the route on www.walkingenglishman.com and used his GPX file. It was the first time following a route and we didn’t do too bad, although we did end up a bit off track in Padley.

I’ve been looking at doing another walk with kB this bank holiday, and we decided on Curbar Edge and Froggatt Edge. We couldn’t find a GPX file for a circular route, so I made one. You can download it here.

I decided to not take my camera and just use my phone. Lugging around 12kg in a backpack isn’t the most fun, and often I take my camera and don’t use it.

We started at Curbar Gap car park. It’s £1.50 for two hours, £2.60 for 4 hours and £4 all day. It was a bank holiday Monday, and the weather was good; but we got there at 10am and it was pretty much full. We nabbed one of the last parking spots, paid for 4 hours (just in case) and set off.

View at the start of the walk, at Curbar Gap

The route is really easy (probably why there wasn’t a GPX file for it) as the path is pretty obvious and wide. The only time we got a bit lost was at the end of the Curbar Edge/Froggatt Edge walk, and connecting to the White Edge part of the walk. Another couple who were doing the same walk also got a bit lost as well though. To  be honest I knew where we were heading, and I think had we just walked towards White Edge we would have been OK.
We tried to have a drink in the Grouce Inn before we walked up to White Edge, but it was too early – it didn’t open until 12.
Once we were back on the route to White Edge it was straight forward again. Wide, easy to walk path, with sign posts too.

View from a short way into the walk.

At the end of the route, back in Curbar Gap car park a ice cream truck had appeared. Then we went to the pub.
Total length of talk 19.36km (Including back tracking and being off route). It took us 2 hours and 25 minutes to walk the whole thing.

I spotted some deers at White Edge, but they were miles away. Besides it’s a bit early for deer season, and I didn’t have my camera.

We also spotted this little guy on our walk! ^_^

Rest of the Wales shots

Clearly I forgot to publish this, so it will be a bit of a photo dump of the last couple of days whilst we were in Wales !

Today there are gale force winds in Wales. So naturally we decided to go up a mountain. Where it was really exposed. And there was no where to get away from the wind. Classic idea!

Fallen from Grace

 

The day after we went to Yyns Llanddwyn. This was a great little place to visit, and one of the highlights of the trip for me. Although nothing will beat the ship wrecked boats!

Yyns Llanddwyn Some more from the brickworks… Porth Wen Brickworks

The Old Brickworks, Porth Wen And from South Stack lighthouse South Stack

Day 12 – Dulas Bay and the Old Brick Works, Porth Wen

Today we went to Dulas Bay, and Porth Wen. This was the trip we tried to do on Monday, but we didn’t manage to make it to either.
This time in order to prepare I was on Google Maps zoomed in at 100% plotting where to park for minimum walking.

S.O.S. First up was Dulas Bay. We got there as the tide was going in, so one of the abandoned boats was already in water. This left me with the one closer to the shore to play in. I took my boots off and got into my dress, and then into the water. Little had I thought about the crabs. I hate crabs. I was almost stood on a large number of crabs. I had a bit of a freak out, jumped for the shore, gathered myself together and tentatively got back into the water. Shipwrecked

The tide was coming in pretty quickly, so we went back to the car (Which I had wondered if it were going to be in water, as the place to park wasn’t much higher than where the water was).
I then drove us to Porth Wen. We had tried to walk there on Monday, but we turned back as we weren’t sure how much farther away it was. This time though, I had found a closer parking spot, and it was a short 10 minute walk across farmers fields.

Porth Wen When we got to the end of the farmers fields, we had to walk down a steep mud path with heathers and weeds up above our heads. This was only a couple of minutes though, and then we were there. Dulas Bay

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Day 11 – South Stack

Today the weather forecast said it would rain heavily all afternoon. As seems to be the theme of this holiday, the weather forecast was wrong. Anyway, we set out with getting back before the weather turned in mind.

South Stack Lighthouse Getting to South Stack was straight forward, about a 15 minute drive from where we are stopping.

Overlooking the Bay

It was quite quiet, which is just what I like. Sadly though, my lighter ran out whilst we were there and so I couldn’t set off my smoke bomb😦

South Stack On the way back to the car, a random herd of goats appeared! Naturally this involved whipping my skirt on and getting amongst them😉 Amongst them

Day 10 – Bull’s Bay

Today was our first full day on Anglesey, and we set out to visit some bays on the opposite side of the island to where we are stopping.

Bulls Bay, Angelsey I had wanted to visit Dulas Bay, but I was tired and it was late afternoon so we came home and had a nap. That will have to be a trip for another day.By the Sea

This evening we had a nice enough sunset over the opposite side of the bay.

Trearddur Bay I like this house, it is a bit creepy! Trearddur Bay at Sunset

Day 9 – Trearddur Bay

Today is the first day of holiday part II – Wales. We are in Anglesey for the week.
After getting home last night (After a 4 and a half hour drive from the airport) I chucked the washing in the washing machine and we set out this afternoon on the 3 and a half hour drive to Wales.

Trearddur Bay, Anglesey

Day 8 – Ålesund

Today we return home. We don’t have to check out of the hotel until 12, and we’re getting picked up to go to the airport at 1 – so that is good.

Ålesund We’ve had a little potter around, but it’s a long day as we have to drive back from London airport when we land. Geiranger

Whilst in Norway I have learnt:
Driving is easy – there aren’t many cars at all. Roads are long and straight when driving to different places.
Everything is expensive. Except for petrol, which was strangely reasonable.

Ålesund

Hellesylt

Waterfall