Sharpenhoe Clappers

Sunday 4th March 2018

The “Beast from the East” cold weather had hit during the week, temperatures were below freezing and there was lots of snow around. We decided that we did not want to risk travelling up to Sheffield for our plannned walk, as it appeared that the snow was six inches deep up there, so we changed it for one near Luton on the basis that travelling south was going to be warmer than travelling north.

The thaw was due to start over Saturday night and we were pleased to see that the roads were free from ice as we met up at the Woodman.

We were slightly concerned when within sight of our planned car park, there was a “Road Closed” notice. But we ignored this and were able to safely reach our car park. As was Roger, who had come from the other direction!

Although it was a bit misty, there were some good views and still plenty of snow scenery early in the day.

There was a rapid thaw during the day, and it will not be long before all the snow has disappeared.

The weather turned out quite mild, so those fair–weather walkers who stayed at home (mentioning no names Alexandra) missed a good day out.

Report – Alan

Walk rating – Good.

Pictures by Alan

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There was still a bit of snow on the ground but not enough to impede progress.

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These steps made our main descent a lot easier.

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The thaw continued throughout the day.

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We can see our starting ridge in the distance.

Back line