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MIDLANDS (W + E)

.BRITAIN'S. FAVOURITE. WALKS. TOP 100........MIDLANDS
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De 2 regio's ( West- and East Midlands ) zijn hierboven samengevoegd tot één: Midlands.
21 betekent: de wandeling stond op de 21ste plaats in Britain's Favourite Walks: Top 100

Klik je op dit nummer 21 in de kaart, dan word je doorverbonden met kader 21 hieronder.

De wandelingen uit de Top 10 (hier: Mam Tor) hebben een oranje nummer gekregen.
Lichtbruin = National Park ( hier: Peak District National Park.) . Hier dus
Lichtgroen =
AONB ( Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty )
......................... ( the next step down from a National Park).

 

10

10. Mam Tor ( 517 m)
......
Peak District National Park...... 10½ km ...... middelzwaar

A beautiful and technically simple walk right in the heart of the Peak District, which showcases everything that’s great about Britain’s oldest National Park.

This hugely popular Peak District walk visits the dramatic summit of
Mam Tor and traverses the Great Ridge that separates Edale from the
Hope Valley.
Our route starts and finishes in Castleton and tags every major summit
on this classic Derbyshire walk, including Mam Tor, Hollins Cross,
Back Tor
and Lose Hill.
The Great Ridge rolls and undulates without every feeling exposed,
with views stretching from Kinder Scout to Win Hill and Stanage Edge.
The 517m peak of Mam Tor, which means ‘Mother Hill’, is the standout attraction of the route, with the distinctive landslips on its eastern face delivering spectacular visual appeal.

• Start / finish: Castleton.

Map: OS Explorer OL1

Back Tor (438 m)

. The ridge walk to Mam Tor.

• Looking out over Castleton from the summit of Mam Tor.

Op dit kaartje zijn de vier topjes van de heuvelrug genoemd met hun hoogten.

............................................................... Totale stijging = 610 m ...

Verdere info:

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1681370/OS-Rec....

 

 

21

21. .Kinder Scout ( 636 m)
......
Peak District National Park ..... 18 km .... lupland .... .zwaar

Kinder Scout is an eroded peat plateau in the Dark Peak.
It is the highest point in the Peak and will forever be synonymous with
the Mass Trespass of 1932, a peaceful protest on private land that laid
the foundations for the creation of the open access we all enjoy across
much of Britain today.

Kinder Scout is a wild place, with remote moorlands, a spectacular
waterfall (Kinder Downfall) that often freezes in winter, weird rock
formations, bogs you can sink to your waist in, spectacular wildlife and
far-reaching views.

The route takes you around the peat bog on surfaced paths. You can
see the results of restoration work where areas that were bare peat
only 5 years ago are now covered in a variety of moorland plants and
pools of water.

Some highlights are Jacobs Ladder, Noe Stool, Pym Chair and the
Woolpacks
.

Kinder Scout is a tableland, punctuated by steep , rocky valleys
known as cloughs
(= ravijnen, kloven), exotic, wind-curved tors, and bordered by abrupt, precipituous walls ( = kliffen) of naked rock,
known here as edges.

( Edge is de streeknaam voor klif).
On Kinder Scout , years of over-grazing, acid rain and natural erosion
has robbed the soil of any vegetation at all, and dark peat bogs
abound.
These vast areas of bare peat are dissected by natural drainage
channels called groughs borderd by banks of peat.
These moors are founded on a deep layer of gritstone which do not
allow the easy drainage of water and are the main reason of peat
forming into these bogs.

Gritstone (Millstone grit)  = A coarse-grained sandstone.

• Start / finish: Edale.

Map: OS Explorer OL1
.
• Noe Stool is a prominent feature on the southern edge of Kinder Scout.
• It is a typical, anvil
(aambeeld) shaped tor formed from millstone grit.
...(millstone grit is een soort zandsteen, waar men molenstenen van maakte).

Dit gebied is duidelijk upland ( = land lying above the limit of enclosed farmland).

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• The Woolpacks is a field of gritstone boulders that have been worn into shapes
.. resembling enormous bales of wool or just about anything else you can imagine.
Gritstone = a coarse-grained sandstone.

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... ................................... Totale stijging = 1080 m ...
.....
Hier heb je upland (= land lying above the limit of enclosed farmland).

Verdere info:

www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-.......

www.theguardian.com/travel/2015/jan/28/great-country-walks....

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1679746/OS-Rec.....

 

 

26

26. Dovedale
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Peak District National Park..... 10 km ...l.. middelzwaar

Dovedale is perfect for walkers of all ages to explore, with its beautiful
river, ancient woodlands, great wildlife and spectacular rock formations.

This popular Peak District walk explores the limestone gorge of Dovedale
and its famous stepping stones before finishing in the pretty village of Milldale.

Dovedale can be busy but don’t let that put you off – the crowds come
here because it’s such a beautiful place to walk.

This three-mile route follows the River Dove through a luscious green
valley, passing all of Dovedale’s most famous features.
If the river is low enough you can cross Dovedale’s picturesque stepping
stones
and climb the limestone reef knoll of Thorpe Cloud, a perfect
small hill for families to explore with great views from its pointy 287m
summit.
As you follow the wildlife-rich river up the valley you’ll pass through
ancient ash woodlands, with spectacular rock formations and spires
lining the horizon above the valley.

Start / finish: Dovedale car park, Thorpe, Derbyshire DE6 2AY
.. You have a choice of routes to return to your starting point.
.. I suggest to return the way you came to get a different view of the
.. dale, but you can take also a high level route above the dale to the
.. west.

Owned by the National Trust, Dovedale is known for its wooded gorge.
.. Other attractions include:
.. - river with stepping stones ,
.. - soaring pinnacles,
.. - caves and
.. - arches.

Maps: OS Explorer OL24 , OL259

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• Soaring pinnacles in Dovedale.
• They are splendid examples of the natural architectural feature which
... can be created by the differential erosion of reef limestone.


.• Dove Holes in Dovedale were caused by the swirling power of the meltwater from
.. Ice Age glaciers 10,000 years ago.


.
.
........................... Totale stijging = 410 m ..

White Peak:
Limestone
is the rock which forms the White Peak area of the
National Park. This forms a fairly high, rolling plateau ( ± 300m)
where the green fields are criss-crossed by dry stone walls and where
there are sheep and dairy farms and some beef cattle.
There are also steep, grassy dales, which are often grazed.
Some of these are protected as nature reserves or as SSSIs
(Sites of Special Scientific Interest)
Where the grassland not has been 'improved' ( ploughed, re-seeded
and fertilised) the meadows are rich in wild flowers.
The farm buildings form clusters of grey stone buildings blending
into the Limestone landscape.

Verdere info:

www.discoveringbritain.org/activities/west-midlands/w.....

www.discoveringbritain.org/content/discoveringbritain......

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1679767.......

 

 

35

35. Stanage Edge ( 458 m)
.....
Peak District National Park.... 7 km.. lupland ... middelzwaar

Explore a wild gritstone escarpment with panoramic views across the
famous Dark Peak landscape.

This out-and-back walk explores the gritstone escarpment of
Stanage Edge – one of the most famous landmarks in the Peak District National Park.
Stanage is one of the top climbing and bouldering locations in Britain.
With gritstone crags providing easy access to multiple short climbs
along Stanage’s 4-mile length, plus huge views over the Dark Peak
area and the Hope Valley, this is one of the wildest and most dramatic
landscapes in England.

This route starts at the Hollin Bank car park and takes you up onto the
Edge
for panoramic views. ( Edge is de streeknaam voor klif).

The walk up to the Edge is simple enough, but take care as you traverse
the escarpment so you don’t topple off!

Gritstone  = A coarse-grained sandstone.

Crag  = In the sense used in limestone landscapes,
............ a cliff of limestone on the side of a hill or steep valley.
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Escarpment  = cuesta.
..................... = a long ridge, composed of gently dipping beds of rock.
....................... One side of the ridge is gently sloping (dip slope) and
....................... the other side of the ridge is very steep (scarp slope).

....................... (In dit geval is de scarp slope een klif)

Dip slope .... = flauwe helling.
..................... = the gently sloping side of the escarpment.

Scarp slope. = cuesta-front.
..................... = the very steep side of the escarpment
(hier een klif).

• Start / finish: Hollin Bank car park.

Maps: OS Explorer OL1 , 278

.• There are lots of climbers on this part of Stanage Edge (Edge is streeknaam voor klif ).
• Deze Edge is een lange klif met een puinhelling aan de voet.
.. Op deze foto tot aan de horizon.

De heide rechtsboven is duidelijk upland (= land above the limit of enclosed farmland).

.• Millstones below Stanage Edge.
From Angl
o-Saxon times until its collapse in the nineteenth century, millstone manu-
.. facturing was one of the High Peak's major industries.
.. The millstones were hewn from the gritstone
(= a coarse-grained sandstone) quarried
.. locally using simple hand tools. They were turned ( by man, animal, water and later
.. wind power) to grind corn.

Abandoned semi-finished and fully finished millstones can be found scattered
.. throughout the area - their massive weight ensuring they've stayed exactly where
.. they were left at the time of the industry's callapse.


.
..................................................Totale stijging = 440 m ..
.....
Grootste deel van de route is upland
...... ( upland
= land lying above the limit of enclosed farmland ).

Verdere info:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanage_Edge

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1679838/OS-Rec....

 


37

37. Malvern Hills
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Malvern Hills AONB ........... 9 km .... lu. . middelzwaar

A lovely route that explores a majestic landscape of rolling wooded hills
with dramatic views across the Severn Plain.

This circular walk starts in Great Malvern and explores the Malvern Hills
that divide the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire and Herefordshire.
You’ll climb to the summit of Worcestershire Beacon, which at 425 m
is the highest point in a stunning chain of hills that run along the border
between the two counties.
This is a landscape that’s inspired poets from John Drinkwater to
W.H. Auden, surrounded by beautiful towns and villages including the
Victorian spa town of Malvern and Tenbury Wells.
The Malvern Hills has been designated an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is home to a wide range of species and habitats, with
woodlands, grasslands and scrub allowing birds, butterflies, bats and
adders to thrive.

Malvern Hills — Precambrian gneiss, a hard, highly metamorphosed
rock, and schist form in these hills.

Gneiss — (pronounced 'nice'). A metamorphic rock that has been
subjected to such great pressures that new crystals have replaced
the original ones.
The original rock approached melting point, and, as a result, changed
to this granite-like rock with banding of different crystals.

Metamorphic rock — A 'changed rock', altered by heat and or
pressure so that mineral grains are preferentially orientated or new
types of crystals begin to grow.

• Start / finish: Great Malvern.

Map: OS Explorer 190

.
• Malvern Hills.


.
• Severn Trent's reservoir on the slopes of the Herefordshire Beacon.

.
.................................................. Totale stijging = 600 m

Verdere info:

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1681481/OS-Rec....

 

 

 

44

44. Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd
.....
Shropshire Hills AONB...... .... 15½ km ........ middelzwaar

A simple but stunning walk through what feels like a forgotten
landscape.

This circular walk in the Shropshire Hills passes through the stunning
Carding Mill Valley and climbs to the rolling plateau of The Long Mynd.

Starting in the pretty town of Church Stretton, your route leads through
the remote-feeling folds of the Carding Mill Valley towards the
impressive cascades of the Lightspout Waterfall.
As you climb past the falls you’ll emerge onto wildlife-rich heathlands
with magical views across the Shropshire Hills.
From there you can choose to follow this route on towards the inviting
pub at Bridges (great spot for crafty halfway refreshments) or explore
The Long Mynd plateau before heading back to your start point.
The walking is strenuous but unthreatening through one of England’s
most beautiful and underrated landscapes.

Long Mynd means 'Long Mountain'.
This heath and moorland plateau forms part of the Shropshire Hills.
It is approximately 11 km long by a maximum of 5 km wide.
It has steep valleys on its eastern flanks while its western side is
.. marked by a slope that rises in a steep escarpment
(cuesta) from
.. the wide valley of the River East Onny.

There are dozens of valleys on the Long Mynd, many of which are
.. named Hollows and Batches.
The highest concentration of valleys is on the eastern edge of the
.. Long Mynd, near Church Stretton town.
The larger valleys are adjacent to each other, running northwest to
.. southeast.
.. Smaller valleys flow into these. They are designated batches, 
.. dales and. brooks to distinguish them from the larger features.

• Start / finish: Church Stretton.

Maps : OS Explorer 217 , 216 , 241.

.• Carding Mill Valley. 


• The view near Pole Bank (516 m).
Typisch upland.( = land lying above the limit of enclosed farmland).

.
........................................... Totale stijging = 600 m
......................
Het plateau heeft duidelijk het karakter van upland..
..............................
(= land above the limit of enclosed farmland).

Verdere info:

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1681544/OS-Rec.....

 

 

 

53

53. The Roaches
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Peak District National Park .... 5½ km ..... upland ........licht

This short circular walk explores the spectacular gritstone ridge of the Roaches in the Peak District National Park.

A ridge featuring strange rock formations, coupled with panoramic
views
and dramatic cliffs.

A special creature you may find in the Roaches is a wallaby.
During World War II five wallabies escaped in the area and established a breeding colony of 50 around The Roaches.
Sightings these days are rare, but still recorded.

With views stretching all the way to Snowdonia on a clear day, and the
nearby chasm of Lud’s Church to explore if you want to turn it into a
longer walk, it’s easy to see why The Roaches are so popular.


• Start / finish: ...

Maps: OS Explorer OL24 , 268

• A great view down the gritstone edge (= klif) to Tittesworth Reservoir.
Gritstone = a coarse-grained sandstone.



.......................................... Totale stijging = 243 m
..............................BoveBoven op de rug is er upland
..............................(= land lying above the limit of enclosed farmland).
De wandeling over de rug is

Verdere info:

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1681409/OS-Rec....

 

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78

78. The Stiperstones
.....
Shropshire Hills AONB...... 7½ km ...... upland ........licht

This jagged rocky ridge is a must for anyone exploring the Shropshire
Hills – just hope you don’t bump into Wild Edric and the witches!

A short circular walk across the Stiperstones ridge with its jagged rocks
and spectacular landscape.

The quartzite ridge rises sharply from the moorland surrounding it, which comes alive in a purple blaze of heather and bilberries in summer.
The Stiperstones is also one of the furthest places south you can see red
grouse in the wild – so look out for a plump, medium-sized game bird
with a small hooked beak.
The Stiperstones has inspired many writers and artists who have fallen
under the spell of its fascinating geology.

According to geologists the Stiperstones ridge was formed 480 million
years ago which makes these mysterious rocky outcrops
(ontsluitingen)
Formed of quartzite, their peaks have slowly shattered through the
process of freezing and thawing until they assumed their distinctive and brooding formations.

There are 6 distinctive rocky outcrops each with its’ own name.
The most famous of these “Stiperstones” outcrops is the Devil’s Chair.

Not only does this hike feature some remarkable geology it also takes
you through the natural habitat for the world’s fastest animal, the mighty Peregrine falcon.

Dit eenzame en verlaten heather moorland en bezaaid met rotsen,
is bekroond met harde, witte rotsformaties van zandsteen.
Het meest bekend is de Devil's Chair.
Als de Stiperstones in wolken gehuld zijn (wat vaak het geval is), dan
zegt men dat de duivel op z'n troon zit.
Vanaf de Devil's Chair heb je mooie vergezichten.

• Start / finish: ...

Map: OS Explorer 216 , 217 , 241.

• The devil's Chair, a knife-edge of rock.



.......................................... Totale stijging = 345 m
...........................
De wandeling is grotendeels upland
...............(= land lying above the limit of enclosed farmland.)

Verdere info:

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1681458/OS-Rec....

 

 

 

79

79. Cannock Chase
.......
Cannock Chase AONB ...... 19 km ...... middelzwaar

The Chase was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
because of it’s beautiful landscape, history and wildlife.
The Sherbrook trail takes in the picturesque Sherbrook Valley with its
mixture of woodlands and open heathland.

• Start / finish: ...

Map: OS Explorer 244

• Stepping stones across the Sher Brook in Sherbrook Valley.


........................................ Totale stijging = 330 m

Verdere info:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannock_Chase

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1681527/OS-Reco...

 

 

 

85

85. Bradgate Park
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Leicester ....... 17 km ...... licht

This park was first enclosed as a park around 800 years ago.
The circular hike here skirts around most of the beautiful 850 acres and
passes through Swithland Wood.
When you visit look out for the 400 deer that roam free through the park.

• Start / finish: .....

Map: OS Explorer 245 , 233

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........................................ Totale stijging = 428 m

Verdere info:

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1679871/OS-Rec....

 

 

 

91

91. Worcester & Birmingham Canal. .. 50 km ... licht

This route follows the towpath (= jaagpad) from the vibrant centre of Birmingham, through the green hills of Worcestershire, to the cathedral
city of Worcester.

The link between these two cities is probably that with the most locks
in all of England.
The 30 locks at Tardebigge ascend to 150 m above sea level.
The five tunnels on the stretch make further locks impossible.

• Start:
...
.. Finish:
...

Maps: OS Explorer 204 , 219

........................................ Totale daling = 395 m

Verdere info:

www.european-waterways.eu/e/info/great_britain/worceste.....

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1681508/OS-Recom.....


 

96

96. Nine Ladies Stone Circle
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Peak District National Park....... .. 5 km .......... licht

This short walk features a visit to a small early Bronze Age stone circle believed to depict nine ladies turned to stone as a penalty for dancing
on Sunday.
It is part of a complex of 70 prehistoric circles and standing stones on
Stanton Moor.
The graffiti carved on the King Stone, which includes the name
'Bill Stumps', is also mentioned in Dickens' Pickwick Papers.

• Start / finish: .....

Map: OS Explorer OL24

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......................................... Totale stijging = 141 m
........ De route blijft grotendeels rond 1,000 feet hoogte.

.
Verdere info:

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1681337/OS-Rec....


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