Hollins Cross & Lose Hill from Castleton

A Castleton walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 19/09/16

A Peak District walk that takes in some of the highlights of the area to the north of Castelton. The route is varied, offers some wonderful views and is generally easy to follow.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h30[?]
Distance Distance : 5.91mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1099ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1106ft
Highest point Highest point : 1496ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 617ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Castleton
Starting point Starting point : N 53.34324° / W 1.77725°
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Description

(D)The start is the village of Castleton, where there is a large pay and display car park adjacent to the Tourism Information Centre at grid ref. SK149829. Exit the car park and turn left along Buxton Road and walk as far as the T-junction. Turn right here along Back Street which leads to the Market Place. Here bear right and continue along The Stones which leads directly into Goosehill. Towards the end of this lane take the signed footpath (grid ref. SK147826) bearing right towards Speedwell Cavern with the wall to your immediate right. This path climbs gently offering good views to your right of the Castleton Ridge which you will be walking shortly.(1)

Reaching the road by Speedwell Cavern (grid ref. SK139827), take the footpath almost opposite (just to your right). This leads through a field to a junction of paths (not too evident) where you keep straight on climbing steadily above Treak Cliff Cavern to reach Blue John Cavern at the top of the climb where you turn right down the access road.(2)

Reaching the 'main' road, turn right. Almost immediately you will encounter the remains of the major landslip beneath Mam Tor which has severed the main road. Continue along this old road until it turns sharp right. On the bend there is a minor lane leading to Mam Farm. Just to the left of this lane, is a path (marked on OS maps) that leads across the hillside towards Hollins Cross. Follow this until you reach the ridge with its prominent toposcope.(3)

Once on the ridge bear right and continue along what can be a very busy path. Reaching the climb up to Back Tor (grid ref. SK144848), keep left and continue to the trig point on Lose Hill. The views on both sides are excellent with the valley containing Castleton to your right and the rough moorland of Kinder Scout to your left.(4)

The descent starts here and your first objective is Lose Hill Farm, which lies to the south. Approaching the farm, keep left and continue down to Spring House Farm. Turn right here and using a mix of tracks and paths continue west to reach Hollowford Road (grid ref. SK147834). Turn left down the lane and you will soon be back in Castleton.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Castledon pay and display car park
1 : mi 0.94 - alt. mi 0.94 - Speedwell Cavern
2 : mi 1.66 - alt. mi 1.66 - Blue John Cavern
3 : mi 2.64 - alt. mi 2.64 - Hollins Cross
4 : mi 3.85 - alt. mi 3.85 - Lose Hill
D/A : mi 5.91 - alt. mi 5.91 - Castledon pay and display car park

Useful Information

This walk includes a section of the Great Ridge to the north of Castleton. The route also passes a number of the show caves in the area that are famous for Blue John Crystal. The start is the village of Castleton, which is a popular spot for tourists. There is a large pay and display car park adjacent to the Tourism Information Centre at grid ref. SK149829. There are plenty of opportunities for refreshment in the village either before you start the walk or after you have returned.

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

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.52/5
Number of opinions : 7
Description quality : 4.43/5
Routemap quality : 4.29/5
Walk interest : 4.86/5


Walker
on Mon 10 Jun 2019 09:12:15 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 09/06/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

This is a straight forward, but rewarding 3 hour walk.
No problems with navigation, but don’t expect to have the hills to yourself especially at weekends.
Get there early to miss the crowds


Walker
on Mon 27 May 2019 13:18:12 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 26/05/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

we did the shortened version of the walk cutting back through the gorge. hard work at first getting up onto the ridge but very worth it once up there. amazing views of both the white and dark peak and lots of potential to be expanded accross all the ridges. very enjoyable walk


Walker
on Mon 06 May 2019 09:59:15 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 18/04/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Lovely walk and scenery. We took a slightly different route and went up to the ridge just after Mam Tor. I found the steep rocky Back Tor to be very challenging as I have balance issues but so pleased I did. Would agree the path back to Castleton was unclear but we asked a local.


Walker
on Mon 22 Apr 2019 09:21:21 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 18/04/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Amazing


Moderator hiker
on Sun 14 Oct 2018 14:49:09 CEST

So pleased you enjoyed the walk! Please feel free to share photos if you have any


Walker
on Mon 01 Oct 2018 10:17:58 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 27/09/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Very good

Lovely walk for a half day. Lots of sheep in the fields so dogs need to be on a lead or under close control. Quite breezy on the top but fabulous views.


Walker
on Sun 24 Jun 2018 20:31:26 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 21/06/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Excellent walk, thanks xxx


Moderator hiker
on Mon 04 Jun 2018 14:30:37 CEST

Thank you for your feedback. If you have any suggestions on how we can make the walk description clearer for point 4, please let us know!


Walker
on Mon 04 Jun 2018 09:10:41 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 02/06/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

great description but at the end (point 4) not very clear to find the right path.

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