Castleton Ridge from Hope village

A Hope walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 11/10/16

The Castleton Ridge in Derbyshire is one of the great ridge walks in the Peak District. Starting from Hope the walk includes Lose Hill and Mam Tor before returning via Castleton to the start.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h40[?]
Distance Distance : 7.92mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1424ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1401ft
Highest point Highest point : 1627ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 554ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Hope
Starting point Starting point : N 53.34798° / W 1.744588°

Description

(D)From the centre of the village walk north along the Edale road to reach a signed footpath on your left (Grid ref. SK 171838) which is just before the lane down to Kilhill Bridge. Follow this for a short way to a cross path and turn right. This path leads without any further navigational problems to Lose Hill Farm from the where the path continues rather more steeply on to the summit of Lose Hill. A topograph provides details of the extensive panorama that is available from here, which includes Kinder Scout, Win Hill and the length of the Castleton Ridge.

(1)Continue along the ridge to Back Tor, Hollins Cross and Mam Tor. The views are good on both sides with Edale to your right and the Hope Valley to your left. Descend from Mam Tor to the road. Turn left and left again down a footpath to reach a road (Grid ref. SK 125831).

(2)Go straight across the road to join a footpath taking the left fork when the path divides. Go straight across the next road and continue on the path to Winnats Head Farm. Follow the road down through Winnats Pass past the entrance to Speedwell cavern to locate a path on your right (Grid ref. SK 139827).

(3)Take this path and follow to Castleton village. Continue through the village and follow the A6187 towards Hope. In under half a kilometre from the village centre take a signed path on your right (Grid ref. SK 153831). Continue on this path crossing a railway line to reach a lane (Grid ref. SK 171832). Turn left up the lane into Hope village.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Hope village
1 : mi 1.91 - alt. mi 1.91 - Lose Hill
2 : mi 4.31 - alt. mi 4.31 - Cross road to footpath
3 : mi 5.26 - alt. mi 5.26 - Take righthand path
D/A : mi 7.92 - alt. mi 7.92 - Hope village

Useful Information

This route starts from the village of Hope, where parking is available on the south side of the A6187 (Grid ref. SK171834), and ascends Lose Hill before following the Castleton Ridge to Mam Tor. It then descends to Castleton vis Winnats Pass before ending with a pleasant riverside stroll back to Hope.

Note - This walk was undertaken during the Hope village "Well Dressing" and it is worth exploring the village to see the dressed wells. Check with the local tourist information offices for dates.

Click here to see how to reach the starting point.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

See map and elevation chart

Opinions and comments

Average

Number of opinions : 6
Description quality : 3.67/4
Routemap quality : 3.83/4
Walk interest : 3.67/4
Global average : 3.72/4

brendonwp
Walker
on Mon 17 Sep 2018 15:23:18 CEST : Re: Castleton Ridge from Hope village

Date of walk : 17/09/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

We chose to do the route in reverse starting at Castleton. This meant climbing the pass on the way up from Castleton, but very scenic. Once up on the ridge the walking was smooth for the first half, with great views all the way along. We left the ridge path before the lookout at the end to start going down (beginning according to the directions).

Highly recommended!to start going down

Bassman650
Walker
on Mon 06 Aug 2018 20:09:33 CEST : Re: Castleton Ridge from Hope village

Date of walk : 08/05/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

When I saw the walk was deemed to be targeted at the 'average' walker and I was happy to select it. I'm not a total novice but I'm not experienced either, however the steepness of the climbs and descents involved on this walk should,perhaps, have been highlighted more in the walk description.
I had to have a few sit downs on the initial ascent but you do get a sense of achievement once the summit is reached.
The views are tremendous and I was surprised to see people carrying babies in backpacks, bicycles and dogs along the ridge along with small children in inappropriate footwear.
Old, young and middle aged walkers were on the walk and we had some nice conversations along the way. Also the pint of lager and lime (it was two really) quaffed in one of the Hope pubs afterwards was very refreshing indeed.
A lovely walk and glad I completed it. Give it a go if you've never done it but be aware of the steep ascent at the start.

Geo5118
Walker
on Mon 11 Jun 2018 18:56:25 CEST : Re: Castleton Ridge from Hope village

Date of walk : 11/06/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Did this walk from and to Hope railway station which is about 1km from village centre. Enjoyable moderate walk with great views and places to cut the walk shorter if need arises.

judithchamberlain
Walker
on Thu 24 May 2018 08:28:04 CEST : Re: Castleton Ridge from Hope village

Date of walk : 21/05/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

yes, it was busy but still an amazing walk, easy to follow from map and descriptions

Sharlanddaz
Walker
on Tue 10 Apr 2018 17:29:37 CEST : Re: Castleton Ridge from Hope village

Date of walk : 08/04/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Very busy like Meadowhall but lovely walk

willie12
Walker
on Mon 05 Feb 2018 11:35:05 CET : Re: Castleton Ridge from Hope village

Date of walk : 04/02/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Didnt get lost so thats a bonus...

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