Can be run as 2, 3 or 4 springs depending on fitness level and time allowed!
Springs can be visited in any order.
Dave Tait's Carshare notes:
This is where I think, (not one little bit sure)... the Springs are.....Needless to say, map, compass and whistle are essential - crossing Kinder without these is never a good idea....GR's are from Tom's GPS- (he must have sent me at some time..)
Start. Birchen Clough car park:- 109915.
From the other side of the A57 road, drop into the woods and take the good path S. Take the Snake Path a bit, cross the stream, and enough of a trod leads easily to:-
Spring 1 :- 0915 8990 (marked as W on the o/s map)
A vague path contours below the edge, in time slip up to the Edge Path, then slice the corner and hope you are near the top of Sandy Heys. Drop down to:-
Spring 2 :- 0670 8901 ( near the Sandy Heys path, from whence the marked stream flows. There are lots of wet things just L of the main path, choose the wettest.)
Over to the other side has many ways, no set route is especially faster.
Choose - Climb back up, stay on the edge past Kinder Low :
Contour by Mermaid's Pool :
Slip over from Red Brook :
Your own special line., : to arrive at
Spring 3 :- 0830 8659 (under the Noe Stool). A little gem, cold clear water .It's quite a drop down, and capped by a placed slab of gritstone). Drift down the stream bed due S of the Noe Stool, on its R bank going down is a feint trod, and another little trod slides R towards it.
Climb back up, make the best line you can across the plateau, hope to end up around the Seal Stones, and drop to:-
Spring 4 :- 101892 (somewhere under Seal Edge
Visit a suitably wet bit and head for home. The direct line over the Fairbrook Ridge is brackened, heathered and unpathed, but faster. Longer and easier going is down the Fairbrook stream to the sheep pens, and up the valley. Then up through the woods once more, and into the carpark.
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