4 Seasons in One Day on Kinder Scout!

The sun was already up by the time we pulled into the last available parking space outside the Nag's Head yesterday.  It promised to be a fine, clear day, so Joe & I decided to take the quick way up from Edale via The Nab, crossing directly to the northern edge for an anti-clockwise circuit.

Sitting in the shelter of the rocks above The Nab with a brew, looking out over Edale and the Great Ridge beyond, the warm sun gave a feeling of early autumn rather than mid winter with record low temperatures and snowfall only days ago.

How easy it is to be seduced by a few minutes of warm sun!  The ominous cloud building up overhead gave a hint of what was rolling across from Bleaklow. A little rain, followed by a little sleet, followed by a little snow flurry.  By the time we got to Fairbrook Naze, the clag was well and truly down and remained so for the rest of the day.  Four seasons seemlessly joined together in the space of a couple of hours.

You can't help but admire our climate even if it prevents you from admiring the view occasionally!


Martin Rye said…
Such contrast in the weather makes a walk in the hills so good. I like the mist sometimes. The skill of navigating through it and the satisfaction off doing so. Days like that sum up hill walking in the UK for me. Varied and challenging.
Love the last photo of frozen over River Kinder. I love the River Kinder above and before it falls over the Kinder Downfall. One of my favourite places to sit and absorb on a sunny day. Still not seen it frozen like that yet though!
Steve Walton said…
Thanks, Jamie. I can think back over many winters of walking on Kinder Scout (my first visit was around 1966) to find the plateau and the Kinder River frozen solid. It seems strange that only a few weeks ago the river was completely dry during a heat wave!