Torside Clough - Derbyshire
They're a straight talking bunch in Derbyshire. The reservoir is called Torside
Reservoir (because it's next to Torside Clough). Torside Clough is actually the name of the valley, rather
than the edge that we walked up. The edge is called Clough Edge (because it's the edge around the clough).
And we got to about here: 53.469967, -1.901374
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Our walk begins on a beautiful but crisp February
A good set of walking sticks are recommended for this part of
the walk. It's steepness reminded us of the stairs at Cirith Ungol!
Know your Tolkien
Cirith Ungol is the passageway through the Shadow Mountains into
Mordor that Frodo and Sam take in J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the rings. It is reached by ascending a
series of steep, stone stairways leading to the narrow tunnel and other steep stretches before
bringing you straight into Shelob’s lair.
Cirith Ungol means “Spider’s Cleft” in Sindarin, one of several elven
languages Tolkien created for Middle-Earth.
It should go without saying that the works of Tolkien are essential
inspiration for any fantasy RPG, but just in case, I’m saying it here! The works of Tolkien are
essential inspiration for any fantasy RPG.
The hooves of a Balrog? Perhaps, but our guide believed they
were more likely to be the hooves of some kind of ruminant....
Pictures just don't do justice to the height and beauty of
The last rays of sun signal our journey home. It was a great
walk and one we think people of nearly all levels of fitness could enjoy.