VIDEO: Kinder Scout, Peak District National Park

So after spending 5 nights up on Kinder Scout in all the best and worst British weather can throw at me – somehow I’ve managed to pull this video out of the hat in less than 3 weeks!

Encountering ferocious winds, heavy rain, deep bogs and swamps, getting lost on the summit (forgot my map and compass), sweltering in the heat, sheltering in a tent or bivouac, countlessly wandering around and up and down – putting this video together has taught me two things….

One, Kinder Scout is a helluva place to get lost on or wish to explore (blogcam HERE). Make no doubt about that. It’s morbid one minute and alien the next. It’s not just two faced in it’s character – it’s an untrustworthy individual full stop – who’ll stab you in the back not long after smiling in your general direction!

And two, despite the ups and downs, I’ve actually enjoyed spending so much time up on this high, exposed moorland! I can honestly say I know more about Kinder and it’s characteristics from the last 2 weeks than I’ve picked up over several years and visits.

Kinder Scout – it’s like Marmite. You love it or hate it. There’s no inbetween.

Me? I’ve been swayed by it’s dark side and now (only now) love the place.

Oh well, there you go – we all live and learn, eh?


19 Comments Add yours

  1. jamehand says:

    Great video Terry, I have a healthy respect for The Kinder having got horribly lost there 6 years ago I have never looked at it in the same way since. I have been higher, further and more remote, but The Kinder still scares me the most!


  2. terrybnd says:

    Thanks mate. Yeah, Kinder deserves respect no doubt. I've been up there loads of times and it was only recently I got lost and disorientated up there. Admittedly, I had no GPS (don't use em) and forgot my compass.

    It was lovely and clear up there last Friday and on days like that, if you get a nice little top and look out across the plateau – it's quite mesmerizing really.


  3. bloggerzed says:

    Beautiful as ever, but I'm going to be critical. Some of the shots were so lovely that I wanted to linger on the view, particularly at the end of a couple of those moving camera bits. The cutting was too sharp for my taste. Having said that, if I had to promote an outdoor experience of some sort, you'd be number one on the shortlist for making it.

    I realise that the time you have spent outdoors is the key not only to getting the shots but also to gaining the skills for getting the shots, but one day you will have to tell us more about the technical side of what you do.

    Great work, again.


  4. GeoffC says:

    Terrific effort with the video, well earned.
    Right enough, Kinder can mete out harsh punishment to the uninitiated in foul weather, more formidable than any mountain area of the UK in many ways. It's superb as well!.


  5. Moonlight Shadow says:

    Nice video Terry, a couple of frames looked familiar πŸ˜‰

    Kinder…If I had people who hike the Alps and the likes visiting, I would take them there as it is as alien as it get for those used to craggy mountains and big peaks, a real shock to the system. I much, much prefer Kinder in winter, with ice and snow on the ground. It's like being on the set of “Alien”, the scene when the Nostromo crew go to explore the alien craft…


  6. terrybnd says:

    @bloggerzed – Thanks. You are very much like me – I too often wish to have the shot linger but I suspect I'd be then accused of not having the shots short enough! πŸ™‚

    Funny you should mention about what I get up to. Others have commented on the same thing. I'll have a think about it.

    @GeoffC – LOL Well, yeah I agree. When I got lost up there, it really did take me by surprise. Mind you, I couldn't even discern the sun in the sky cause of thick clag. After this video, I must admit I'm a fan of the hill now. It has lots to offer all walkers

    @Moonlight Shadow – Yeah! Knew you'd spot those two shots πŸ˜‰ Tried one by myself but couldn't get it to work so thought what the hell. They're good shots!

    Take your point about your friends, mate. Think you've mentioned it before. But I can tell you this – it felt weird spending 3 days solid up there (OK, 4 hours in pub in Edale on one day but headed back up). Felt like I knew the place well and it grown on me – taking in all it's moods.

    I'd often just sit there in the rain on heather looking about at nothing really – but peculiarly I enjoyed it! LOL


  7. I love the place πŸ™‚ Great Video!


  8. Dean Read says:

    An excellent video Terry, you have captured Kinder in a fantastic light.


  9. terrybnd says:

    Thanks @Trekking Britain and Dean Read πŸ™‚


  10. Nice one Terry. I always think there is something special about Kinder, because it is often people's first encounter at an early age of wild Britain. Always a great place to wander.


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  12. sbrt says:

    Cool vid Terry.

    I love rock hopping around the edges. the descent off Grndsbrook Knoll is fun too.

    Keep em coming mate.


  13. terrybnd says:

    @sbrt -Thanks. Funny you should mention Grindslow Knoll. One of my fave peaks/vantage points in the Peak District


  14. terrybnd says:

    @markswalkingblog – Cheers mate. Yeah, I agree with you. My first hills were the Lake District – round Ullswater. But Kinder does have something special about it no doubt


  15. Awesomely put together – looks like a lovely place to walk, even if the weather doesn't cooperate. I think you make the best outdoor videos.


  16. terrybnd says:

    @Philip Werner – Thanks mate. You're very kind


  17. Rob says:

    Cracking video of one of my favourite places to spend time. Is the crash wreckage in the film that situated just off the edge path between Sandy Heys and the descent down to the Snake Path?


  18. terrybnd says:

    @Rob – Thanks mate. No this wreck is that of a Halifax bomber. Tricky to locate mind. It's due south east of the trig point on Kinder near Blackden Edge (there's three trig points on the Kinder plateau). It's quite a site and fortunately little disturbed by ne'er do wells πŸ™‚ Very moving


  19. toffy63 says:

    kinder scout,my favorite place go up there every december what ever the weather between christmas and new year,to remember lost rest his soul bro


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