Kinder Scout & Mam Tor from Edale, Peak District
Guided Walking in the Peak District
One of my favorite guided walks with great views of Edale Valley.
The walk starts out with a steady climb of just under 300m (900ft) 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 to the River Noe and soon join an old Roman road for a gradual climb up to Hope Cross. The scenery then changes dramatically as we head up onto the Eastern end of Kinder Scout, the highest mountain in the Peak District. From here we follow the southern edge of Kinder round to Ringing Roger, a rocky spur sculptured by the elements, and finally follow the path back down to Edale.
The walk is mostly on good tracks and smaller footpaths and includes 3 fairly long hills. The first hill is up Mam Tor from Edale, a climb of 300m (900ft), the 2nd is up to Hope Cross, a climb of 130m (400ft) and lastly up onto Kinder, a climb of 230m (700ft). At any time of year there could be some muddy sections, especially on Kinder with it's peat bogs. As we climb up onto Kinder the path becomes rougher. There is a fairly long descent towards Edale at the end which is quite steep in places with a drop of about 300m (900ft) in a little over 1km.
Recommended Equipment & Clothing
- Appropriate walking clothing to keep you warm on the day (no jeans)
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers (if could be wet)
- Spare warm layers (several thinner layers are more versatile than 1 thick)
- Walking boots (some areas are rough and uneven so boots providing good ankle support recommended rather than low cut walking/trail shoes. Boots will also keep your feet drier than walking shoes in boggy areas.) No Trainers.
- Warm hat and gloves or sun hat if sunny
- Food, drink and snacks for the day. We will have a couple of food stops whilst out on the hill.
- Personal first aid kit (for minor cuts, blisters, sun cream, pain relief etc and any personal medication)
- Rucksack with waterproof liner/bag
- Money for car park fees and a possible visit to a cafe
- Optional additions: gaiters and/or walking poles if you use them