Edale Circular via Kinder Scout and Mam Tor walk
Rugged moorlands and dramatically sculpted gritstone outcrops, the lush Vale of Edale and grand views into the Hope Valley from Mam Tor
|Length||20.6 km (12.8 mi), with 897m ascent/descent. For a shorter or longer walk see below Walk Options.|
|Toughness||7 out of 10, with 5 ¾ hours walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 12 hours.|
A walk of many contrasts in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District, associated with rugged moorlands and dramatically sculpted gritstone outcrops (or ‘edges’), which also routes through the lush Vale of Edale, while in the afternoon affording grand views into the Hope Valley (including the notable dry gorge of Winnats Pass) from the Great Ridge, which separates the Dark Peak (sandstones) from the White Peak (limestones).
An extension to Kinder Downfall, the highest waterfall in the Peak District, either as an out-and-back or combined with a crossing of the Kinder Plateau upland peat bog (only for confident navigators), as well as some shortcuts before and after lunch, are described.
An out-and-back Extension to Kinder Downfall, the highest waterfall in the Peak District: add 5.4 km/3.4 mi and 165m ascent/descent.
OS Explorer: OL1 (The Peak District – Dark Peak Area)
Edale Station, map reference SK 122 853, is 236 km north west of Charing Cross and 244m above sea level, and in Derbyshire. It is on the Hope Valley Line from Manchester to Sheffield, with a journey time from 33 mins from Sheffield. Sheffield Station is the terminus of the Midland Main Line from London St. Pancras, with up to two trains per hour (journey time from 118 mins Mon-Sat, longer on Sundays).
Saturday Walkers’ Club: Take a train no later than 9.00 hours.
The Old Nag’s Head Grindsbrook Booth, Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 7ZD (01433 670 291). The Old Nag’s Head is located 14.4 km (9.0 mi) into the walk. Situated at the start of the Pennine Way, it dates back to 1577. Overlooked to the North by Kinder Scout, made famous by the Mass Trespass of 1932, and residing in one of the World’s most visited national parks – the Peak District – The Old Nag’s Head is listed as one of the 100 greatest pubs of England.
The Old Nag’s Head & The Rambler Inn As above.
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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
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