/ Kinder Downfall Approach

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Mountain Lass - on 26 Aug 2011
Apologies if wrong forum.

Just walked the 'Pennine Way' approach via Mill Hill, but thought the navigation could be tricky with snow covering the path. Could pace and count (no GPS) but such a pain (Did it before acrross the top of Kinder - sucessful but effortful.)

Any suggestions as to other reasonable approches that would be winter viable? (I'm also wondering about getting the car up snake pass).

Peace
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Jon Greengrass on 26 Aug 2011
In reply to Mountain Lass: I parked at the snake inn, crossed the river ashop by the footbridge in woodlands valley, walked up fair brook and then crossed the plateau to the downfall taking frequent compass bearings.

With winter tyres snake pass won't be a problem.
Fredt on 26 Aug 2011
In reply to Jon Greengrass:
> (In reply to Mountain Lass) I parked at the snake inn, crossed the river ashop by the footbridge in woodlands valley, walked up fair brook and then crossed the plateau to the downfall taking frequent compass bearings.
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Definitely the best way, especially if, when you reach the plateau, you take a heading off left of the Downfall so hitting the wide flatbedded Kinder River, which you then simply follow (turn right) to the Downfall.

Mountain Lass - on 26 Aug 2011
In reply to Mountain Lass:

Excellent - thanks guys.

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Danzig on 27 Aug 2011
In reply to Mountain Lass: Most take the route up from Bowden Bridge and round the resevior and on up the 'climbers path' (over Hollin Head, past the wood and over Mermaids Pool) to the Falls, the moor and Gates have held a massive amount of snow over the last couple years making the trip a real slog.
Oceanic - on 27 Aug 2011
In reply to Fredt:
> (In reply to Jon Greengrass)
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> Definitely the best way, especially if, when you reach the plateau, you take a heading off left of the Downfall so hitting the wide flatbedded Kinder River, which you then simply follow (turn right) to the Downfall.

That's the way I would do it too. This is an old photo of the Kinder River in the winter...

http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=61420

jimjimjim on 27 Aug 2011
In reply to Mountain Lass: you think it'll happen this season then? i've managed to get on it for the past three years. it gets very busy so be prepared for a wait!

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