I wasn’t really planning a walk for this weekend but it got to Sunday lunchtime and I took a spare of the moment dart up to the Merrivale area. Looking back I hadn’t been on the Staple Tors for 3 years or so, which is ridiculous really. I walked out the front door and was hit with a buffeting from a westerly wind that was shifting the clouds across the sky at a rate of knots. Not to worry, I’ve been out in this sort of weather before and I seem better than most at keeping my balance when the wind whips up. I must say that at one point on Great Staple Tor I was questioning my sense as I hid behind some large rocks whilst trying to stay still enough to take some pictures!! Once on Roos Tor I had a decision, head into the wind towards Cox Tor, or head down into the valley to the Sortridge leat. The latter won, and I spent a lovely 30 minutes walking in the sunshine out of the wind towards the Merrivale quarry, a place I hadn’t had a proper look at before. A great little walk this one, with plenty to see and 4 tors in a very short space of distance.
|Start – Merrivale parking|
|Route – Little Staple Tor – Middle Staple Tor – Great Staple Tor – Roos Tor – Sortridge Leat weir – Tor Quarry – Merrivale parking|
|Distance – 3 miles Start time – 2pm Time taken – 1hr 45 mins Highest Point – Great Staple Tor 455metres|
|Weather – Sunny but blowing a gale|