Sunday 30 April was a dry and fairly sunny day. We set off from Bowden Bridge Car park near Hayfield to climb Kinder Scout. There were 38 parents and children who took on the challenge to raise funds for Stretford Grammar School. We walked past a stream to our right, with gentle green fields that were dotted with sheep. We even spotted some newly born lambs! The walk took us past Kinder Reservoir which historically supplied Stockport with water. The day was beautiful and sunny and there was hardly a ripple on the surface. After this gentle beginning, the route climbed unrelentingly. The ground was uneven and rocky, sometimes wet from the stream that meandered across it at various junctures. It took us three breaks to get to the top of the plateau where we had lunch, taking shelter from the strong winds next to the rock piles dotted around. The second half of the walk took us around the rocky Kinder downfall, after which we accidentally strayed from the route and had to clamber over heather and peat to get back to the stone flagged path, before beginning the steep decent of stone steps that brought us back towards Hayfield. We all made it back to the car park at Bowden Bridge in reasonable time – some of us with sore feet and aching knees – but safe and in good spirits. It was lovely to chat to parents and children and share such a pleasant day, while raising funds for the school.
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And thanks to all who took part in sharing such a pleasant day.