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22nd May 1965

Saturday 22nd May 1965 - Millers Dale Circular

The following members assembled at Marple Station to board the 8.05am train for Millers Dale:

Janice Howard   Peter Wilson   Valerie Eccleston
Ann Jones   Julian McIntosh   Howard Hughes 
Laura Booth   Kevin James   Leaders:
John Wheeldon   Andrew Mason   F R Mason
Joyce Sunter   Barbara Robinson   M S Brennan 
Stephen Morris   Michael Robinson   R Booth 
Robert Hammond   William Smith   T F Mason 
Graham Renshaw   Terry Critchlow   Colin Booth 
John Durham   Judith Baker   

Route for the day was the Millers Dale Circular - Millers Dale, Monsal Dale, Dimn Dale, Taddington, Chelmorton, Priest's Way, Dee Dale, Chee Dale, and so back to Millers Dale Station.

The weather forecast promised some cloud and showers, which was probably correct for the country as a whole, but not for us. There were occasional spells of cloud, and once or twice a few spots of rain, but generally the weather was ideal for walking, with bright sunshine, white cumulous clouds and a cool breeze. The spring weather was ideal for a walk in the limestone countryside, which was at its best.

We walked at a fair speed through Millers Dale, but loitered now and then to gaze around or to poke into pools and streams. Stopped for quite a while at the weir in Monsal Dale before pressing on to cross the main road at Taddington Dale Woods; here we had another short stop for ‘foot repairs'.

WW1965-001 Millers Dale
WW1965-001 Millers Dale

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WW1965-002 Caption required

WW1965-003 Monsal Dale Weir
WW1965-003 Monsal Dale Weir

Then into the darkness of Dimn Dale, with the sharp right turn up the few feet of rock, and gentle climb along the dale to join the metalled lane at the farm. Between here and Taddington village we stopped for lunch and a rest - with a bit of horse play thrown in.

WW1965-004 Lunch stop near Taddington ‘and a bit of horse play’
WW1965-004 Lunch stop near Taddington ‘and a bit of horse play’

WW1965-005 Above Taddington village
WW1965-005 Above Taddington village

From Taddington, where we stopped to eat ice-cream and drink ‘pop', Tony lead us along the direct path, the first part of which is little used, over the tops to Chelmorton and then, mainly by field paths, to Priest's Way. This leg from Taddington would be difficult to follow without the aid of 2 ½ inch maps.

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WW1965-006 Caption required

The stony rockiness of Priest's Way and Dee Dale made difficult going - we made a short stop at the big cave, and waited at the main road for the tail end to catch up. We were all shocked by the filthy mess of the quarrying operations at this point; commercial enterprise has no conscience - probably no soul either.

WW1965-007 In Dee Dale
WW1965-007 In Dee Dale

WW1965-008 In Dee Dale
WW1965-008 In Dee Dale

WW1965-009 Dee Dale, after the cave
WW1965-009 Dee Dale, after the cave

Despite our good and early start we were by this time running short of time - a little less than 1 ½ hours to get through Chee Dale. No one wants to hurry through Chee Dale with all its scenic delights. Many of us did not make enough effort and were taken unawares when Tony Mason hurried back to tell us we had one minute to catch the train. A quick run for the last 300 yds did not save us; all but eight missed the train and had a two hour wait for the next.

WW1965-010 Chee Dale
WW1965-010 Chee Dale

WW1965-011 Chee Dale
WW1965-011 Chee Dale

WW1965-012 Chee Dale
WW1965-012 Chee Dale

WW1965-013 Chee Dale
WW1965-013 Chee Dale

WW1965-027 Chee Dale
WW1965-027 Chee Dale

WW1965-028 Stepping Stones, Cheedale
WW1965-028 Stepping Stones, Cheedale

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WW1965-014 Caption required

Despite this it was a very successful and enjoyable day. Full marks must go to Mr Booth, a strong and fast walker himself, he is always prepared to slow down and look after the tail end. Little Barbara Robinson did very well, but it does not seem quite fair on the others to be held back by such a little one - think Barbara must wait till she's just a little older.

Distance for the day - 18 miles approx.

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