Eight Point Two


ULTRA tour of the Peak District – Leg 2
May 3, 2012, 4:17 pm
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As I have already blogged earlier on in the week I spent a very warm and pleasant day on Monday running the first two legs of the ULTRA route.

Well, here goes for leg 2..

Starting from the aid station at checkpoint 1 the route heads along the road for a 100m before joining tracks to go past Moscar House. Usually there would be a few route choices here but we have been asked to keep to the public right of way which joins Derwent Edge at the 454m spot height marked on the map. Its good running again but, again, slightly up hill all the way.

Its then a long and beautiful run on a mixture of track and gritstone flag stones up to Back Tor and then Lost Lad (checkpoint) before an equally stunning long descent down to Wellhead (checkpoint). Believe me, the footpath is the best way down there as the descent via Far Deep Clough is slow going.

Its then a steep grind back up to the 454m spot height before returning to feedstation 1 via Moscar House.

Navigationally this section could cause you problems if the weather is poor but if its clear the route is obvious. The route then crosses the A57 again before joining Stanage Edge which you follow all the way to the trig at High Neb (no dropping down here to the car park!) and then on to the top of the footpath leading to High Neb buttress car park where you will find Feed station 2 and the second changeover. Personally I found this short section the worst of the whole first two legs as the running is very stoney and rocky – not pleasant! Luckily it only lasts for about 1/2 km but tired ankles will feel this bit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really enjoyed the first two legs but I certainly felt the heat (it was a very still and warm day) so carry plenty of water and drink lots at the feed stations. Navigation is fine in good conditions but Derwent Edge can be grim and exposed in bad weather.

Legs 3 and 4 to follow in a few weeks.

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