Bamford to Edale via Win Hill and Great Ridge walk
Tremendous views after steep ascent to Win Hill, then the Great Ridge on the boundary between the Dark and White Peak
|Length||20.3 km (12.6 mi), with 870/777m ascent/descent. For a shorter or longer walk see below Walk Options.|
|Toughness||7 out of 10, with 6 ½ hours walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 13 hours.|
This strenuous walk cuts through the boundary land between the Dark and White Peak areas of the Peak District National Park. A steep ascent up to Win Hill opens tremendous views to the surrounding Upper Derwent Valley reservoirs, the Vales of Edale and Hope and the exposed and isolated tracts of rugged moorlands, covered by cotton grass bogs and heather, and dramatically sculpted gritstone escarpments (or ‘edges’) of the Peak District’s iconic Dark Peak area.
Despite a lunch pub just off route, this walk lends itself to a picnic lunch on one of the tops or on the ridge. Diversions to lunch or a finish in Hope and Castleton are described, as are an alternative start from Hope Station and shortcuts from the Great Ridge to Edale, as well as an extension across Brown Knoll’s upland peat bog and down from the head of the Vale of Edale via Jacob’s Ladder (path).
An Alternative Start from Hope Station cuts 4.9 km/3.0 mi and 263m ascent and is rated 5/10.
Diversions down from the Great Ridge to Hope and Castleton villages for lunch or an early finish:
A couple of Shortcuts lead down from the Great Ridge to Edale:
An Extension across Brown Knoll’s upland peat bog and down from the head of the Vale of Edale via Jacob’s Ladder adds 5.4 km/3.4 mi and 172m ascent, and is rated 9/10.
OS Explorer: OL1 (The Peak District – Dark Peak Area)
Bamford station, map reference SK 207 825, is 16 km south west of Sheffield and 230 km north west of Charing Cross and 151m above sea level. Edale Station, map reference SK 122 853, is 244m above sea level. Both are in Derbyshire. Bamford Station is on the Hope Valley Line from Manchester to Sheffield, with a journey time of 24 mins from Sheffield. Edale Station is a few stops and 12 minutes journey time further west in the direction of Manchester. Sheffield Station is the terminus of the Midland Main Line from London St. Pancras, with up to two trains per hour (journey time from 121 mins Mon-Sat, longer on Sundays).
Saturday Walkers’ Club: Take a train no later than 9.00 hours.
The Cheshire Cheese Inn Edale Rd, Hope, Derbyshire, S33 6ZF (01433 620 381). The Cheshire Cheese is located 500m off route, after 8.4 km (5.2 mi) of walking.
|Lunch/Tea (off route)||
|Tea (in Edale)||
The Penny Pot Café Station Approach, Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 7ZA (01433 670 293).
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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk