Christmas Great Ridge Walk Castleton, Peak District
Guided Walking in the Peak District
Christmas on the most popular walk in the Peaks
The walk starts out with a short but steady climb of about 100m (300ft) up to the top of the famous Mam Tor (or Shivering Mountain) at a height of 517m. From here we'll experience what has been described by a previous chair of the National Trust as "one of the top ten views in England".
We then follow along the Great Ridge towards Hollins Cross, which provides a great place to view the remains of the old Sheffield to Chapel en le Frith road which was lost to the land slips in 1979. We continue along the ridge to Lose Hill for another great view point.
Leaving the ridge we drop down and follow another beautiful path back towards Mam Tor. We drop down further through a wood to join the route of the old road providing spectacular views of Mam Tor.
After the walk you're free to drive down to Castleton to enjoy the wonderful Christmas lights and atmosphere in the village, visit the shops, teas shops and pubs.
The walk is mostly on good tracks and smaller footpaths and includes 3 fairly short but steep hills, each a climb of about 100m (300ft). At any time of year there could be some muddy sections. There is a fairly long descent towards the bottom of Mam Tor which is a little steep in places and can be a little slippery when wet so footwear with good grip is required.
Recommended Equipment & Clothing
- Appropriate walking clothing to keep you warm on the day (avoid jeans)
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers if wet
- Spare warm layers (several thinner layers are more versatile than 1 thick)
- Walking boots or similar footwear with good grip
- Warm hat and gloves
- Food, drink and snacks for the day. We'll have a couple of food stops on the walk.
- Any personal medication
- Head torch useful when returning to car if visiting Castleton until after dark
- Money for possible visit to a cafe / Castleton