Hope to Hathersage or Bamford (via Castleton) walk

Pastures with views, Mam Tor's landslip area, Cave Dale, lunch in Castleton, Hope Cement Works, a large upland moor and a scenic descent to the Derwent River

Hope Cement Works and Bradwell Edge SWC Walk 343 - Hope to Hathersage or Bamford (via Castleton)

Hope Cement Works and Bradwell Edge

SWC Walk 343 - Hope to Hathersage or Bamford (via Castleton)

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Peveril Castle, Cave Dale & Peak Cavern SWC Walk 343 - Hope to Hathersage or Bamford (via Castleton)

Peveril Castle, Cave Dale & Peak Cavern

SWC Walk 343 - Hope to Hathersage or Bamford (via Castleton)

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Road through Mam Tor Landslip Area SWC Walk 343 - Hope to Hathersage or Bamford (via Castleton)

Road through Mam Tor Landslip Area

SWC Walk 343 - Hope to Hathersage or Bamford (via Castleton)

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Winnats, from near Winnats Head Farm SWC Walk 343 - Hope to Hathersage or Bamford (via Castleton)

Winnats, from near Winnats Head Farm

SWC Walk 343 - Hope to Hathersage or Bamford (via Castleton)

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View down Cave Dale (Peveril Castle and Lose Hill) SWC Walk 343 - Hope to Hathersage or Bamford (via Castleton)

View down Cave Dale (Peveril Castle and Lose Hill)

SWC Walk 343 - Hope to Hathersage or Bamford (via Castleton)

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Hope Cement Works, The Great Ridge and Kinder Scout, from near Rebellion Knoll SWC Walk 343 - Hope to Hathersage or Bamford (via Castleton)

Hope Cement Works, The Great Ridge and Kinder Scout, from near Rebellion Knoll

SWC Walk 343 - Hope to Hathersage or Bamford (via Castleton)

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Over Dale, Win Hill and Crookstone Knoll (Kinder Scout) SWC Walk 343 - Hope to Hathersage or Bamford (via Castleton)

Over Dale, Win Hill and Crookstone Knoll (Kinder Scout)

SWC Walk 343 - Hope to Hathersage or Bamford (via Castleton)

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History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Updated: Wed, 27-Oct-21

Date # Post
Mon, 17-Aug-20 14

Monday Walk - Hope to Hathersage or Bamford (via Castleton) [New Walk] [Hope Valley Trip]

Length: 27.0 km (16.8 mi) [shorter and longer versions possible, see below]
Ascent/Descent: 683/698m; Net Walking Time: ca. 7 hours
Toughness: 9 out of 10
From Sheffield: take the 09.14 Manchester Piccadilly stopping service via the Hope Valley (Dore & Totley 09.21, Grindleford 09.29, Hathersage 09.32, Bamford 09.36), arriving Hope at 09.40.
From Manchester Piccadilly: take the 08.49 Sheffield stopping service via the Hope Valley (New Mills Central 09.17, Chinley 09.23, Edale 09.32), arriving Hope at 09.38.
Return trains from Hathersage: xx.45/xx.46 until 19.46, then 21.47 and 23.15 towards Sheffield (from Bamford 4 mins earlier) and xx.32 towards Manchester (Bamford 4 mins later).
From/to London: take the 08.02 train from St. Pancras to start an hour behind the group.
Return trains to London: xx.46 until 19.46 (change at Sheffield, just under 3 hours total journey time).
Cheap Advance Tickets from Sheffield are now available, from £18.50 w/o a Railcard.
“This route at the top of the scenic Hope Valley starts with a gentle loop through pastures between the Peak District's breath-taking limestone and gritstone landscapes with ever-changing views to the hills around. You head for the mysterious Mam Tor, before ascending its flank through the large landsliped area at its foot. A variation leads to the dramatic limestone gorge of Winnats Pass and past a couple of the show caves Castleton is famous for. A high-level traverse of pastures-with-views loops down to Castleton through the fascinating Cave Dale (a collapsed cave), past the Norman Castle ruins towering above it.
After lunch you pass the fascinating Hope Cement Works, which dominate the views from any hill walk in the area, pass through Bradwell and go steeply up to Bradwell Edge. The impossibly scenic Over Dale is skirted along its rim and Abney and Offerton Moor are crossed along good paths with surround views. The descent to the Derwent River offers yet more stunning views before a riverside finish to either Hathersage or Bamford.
Note: To protect ground nesting birds, only dogs kept “…under effective control on Public Rights of Way” are allowed on the Access Land of Abney Moor/Smelting Hill/Offerton Moor, until at least 04/2022.”
Walk Options:
A late starter might want to – after 4.6 km – follow Hollowford Road for 300m into Castleton for lunch first, before continuing the route (see route map and text).
A Variation in the morning takes you past Speedwell Cavern, the bottom of Winnats Pass dry gorge and Treak Cliff Cavern, rather than past Odin Mine and through the active landslip of Mam Tor.
A Variation of that route leads up through the dramatic dry gorge of Winnats Pass to the side of the road.
Cut out the loop through Castleton Village and past its lunch stops: cut 750m.
An out-and-back in Castleton to Peak Cavern adds 500m.
Finish the walk in Castleton and take a bus back to Hope or Sheffield or Chesterfield (14.0 km/8.7 mi).
Finish the walk in Bradwell and take a bus back to Hope or Sheffield or Chesterfield (16.9 km/10.5 mi).
An Alternative Ending leads to Bamford Bus or Train Station, this is 800m shorter.
A Variation of the Hathersage Ending crosses the Derwent on Stepping Stones and leads to Jagger’s Lane and the heart of the village. This is almost 2 km less distance and even walking on to the station from the village would still be shorter than the main walk route (but with a lot more tarmac and road noise).
Lunch: plenty of options in Castleton (ca. 14 km into the walk) or in Bradwell (ca. 17 km from the start), see the pdf for details.
Tea: Plenty of options in Hathersage, see the pdf for details.
For walk directions, map, photos, height profile and gpx/kml files click here. T=swc.343
That's the trouble with BBC Weather, in a nutshell: even on the morning of the walk they show thunderstorms for the day and dark clouds for most hourly slots within the day. And then we get very low clouds in the morning, covering the surrounding hills to mid height, rising to reveal the tops at around noon, and the clouds then breaking to leave us with a sunny afternoon. And no rain all day!
The initial 90 minutes or so were more atmospheric than scenic as we slowly ascended to the top of the valley towards Mam Tor, as the hills couldn't be seen. But then the clouds lifted just as we ascended along the closed road through Mam's fascinating landslip area to the high pasture plateau, with views in all directions. Followed by a terrific descent down Cave Dale into Castleton. Pub lunch for some, picnic for others. By now it was sunny and we crossed to Bradwell via the enigmatic Cement Works and up steeply onto the edge.
Beautiful Over Dale was next, then the crossing of Offerton Moor (all purples and yellows) with stupendous views of all hills and edges walked over the last days.
Stepping Stones across the Derwent, and into Hathersage to pick up bags.
18.46 train.
14 very low clouds slowly rising blue skies pm
Thank you to Thomas for all the graft and craft he put into organising such a great trip, and for his patient good humour Kevin