/ Blackden Brook ok to scramble, tomorrow?
Thinking of taking our lad up Kinder using Blackden Brook tomorrow, but I'm guessing with the snow melt and recent rain, that might be a poor choice.
Anyone know any better?
Last time I did it there were a few awkward places. Not so much scrambling as hanging on to clumps of heather with your hands, hoping that the crumbling soil would hold your feet. It's all quite eroded with a couple of drops where you could get hurt if you were unlucky. We caught up with a chap who said he'd had "a couple of moments" on it.
The water will probably be pretty high. You have a few options. The lower part of the brook has some tricky steps which are probably waterfalls at present. These are avoided on the right by a path which is eroded in places giving some exposure. The path joins the upper section which is better and shortly after this the brook splits into 2 parts. The main brook bears right and heads up a series of shelves and small steps which are likely now under shallow fast moving water. The left branch is better and heads up a steeper, blocky gully.
I've never done it after prolonged wet weather so can't comment any further on whether you'll be able to get on it.
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