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Saturday 29th October 1966 - Edale Night Ramble

The following members assembled at Marple Station to board the 10.15pm train for Edale to take part in what has become our traditional annual night ramble:

Nick Grundy (MH)  John Dean (MH)  Noel Flunder   Junior leaders:  
Bill Grundy Nicky Hassell   Elaine Mulligan  Colin Booth (Ex) 
Andrew Mason Geoffery Priestley   Linda Bentley    Sandra Mills (Ex)
Robert Wiltshire Ian Ellison   Andrew Barwell   Julian McIntosh (MH)
Peter Wilson J Burkes   Tony Leach   Neal Robinson 
Andrew Howie   Stephen Morris  Susan Bowers    
Graham Davenport   Kevin James   Tim Burgess  Leaders: 
Maurice Kime   Barbara Hamson   Chris Gorman   Mr F R Mason 
Olwyn Mills   Carole Robinson   Michael Burke   Mr R Booth 
Erica Kurge   Mary Boothroyd   Steve Taylor   Mr T Mulligan 
Helen Critchlow   Julie Flunder   David Payne   Mr Barton 
Simon Andrew (Ex)   Graham Booth   Richard Payne   Mr I Howie 
    Keith Travers   

From Edale Station we passed quietly thru' the village, over the log bridge and into the meadows. Instead of following the route up Grindsbrook to the gorge, we clambered up the steep slope and rocks to Ringing Roger. Way was then made along the edge of Grindsbrook Clough to Grindsbrook Head, where we stopped for food.

After food the usual litter inspection was overlooked - we just hope that no excessive litter was left about. Knowing that there were several beginners with us, it seems unlikely that all those present collected their litter.

WW1961-010 an image from 1961
WW1961-010 an image from 1961

From Grindsbrook Head we followed the stream as far as we reasonably could before ‘steering' on a heading to meet the Kinder stream, which was followed to the Downfall - a stay of about half an hour was made here.

After a little conferring it was decided not to assay the scramble down the Downfall, and instead we rambled right along to the corner and descended by the shortest route to the Kinder Reservoir. After another short break we pressed on to Carr Meadow, flank of Lantern Pike, Rowarth, and so to Mellor and Marple. By the end of the journey some of the children were very tired - a few were ferried from Mellor to their homes in Marple.

The weather behaved beautifully. The moon was bright all night altho' once or twice patches of low cloud scudded past only a few feet above us. The rocks at Kinder Downfall looked even more dramatic than usual by moonlight, and the hills seem to have grown in stature to become full sized mountains.

It was truly a splendid night and well worth the loss of a night's sleep.

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