peak district walks

95. Blackshaw moor and Upper Hulme 24th January 2015.
The wind howled around the car as we parked up on Blackshaw moor (sat nav 53.133663, -1.958524 )and for the first time we both opted to stay in the car to get our togs on. Heading off along the road, all zips fastened tightly as we dropped down into Thorncliffe. There is a pub in thorncliffe, The Reform Inn. We should have set off later as it wasn't open til 12:00. Turning right along  lane we could hear the blasts or gun shots coming from the MOD area in the distance. At the A53 and turning right the Three Horseshoes came into sight. A very cosy pub come carvery come  Mill Wheel Spa ( interesting!). Following the road alongside the pub then turning right onto Whitty lane. Take the path on the corner of the left hand bend on the lane and across fields then keeping the farm to our right. Follow the winding lane then not too far to the Rock Inn at Hulme End which was closed last time we came but today we were in luck affording ourselves tea and ale. Onwards captain down through a tunnel under the main road the path seemed to disappear on exit but we had our map and compass so shouldn’t be a problem. Keeping to the left before dropping down to the footbridge. You really have to look at the map for this. So Sandwiches on the end of the footbridge, we weren’t worried about blocking anybodies way…not many people braving the weather that day. A fair trek upwards heading for the Mermaid Inn. Along the road again and back to the car.