A Peak District walk that explores the eastern end of the Kinder plateau. Starting from Edale the route follows the slopes of Kinder to reach Hope Cross. From here the walk continues to gain height and follows a high level route for the return via Ringing Roger to Edale.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D)Exit the car park and walk north into the village. Go past the campsite and the National Park information centre on your right and then take the signed footpath to Ollerbrook Booth, which also on your right. Follow the waymarked route through the buildings at Ollerbrook Booth and, still heading east, cross more fields on the path to Nether Booth Farm. After passing Cotefield (on your left) turn left at the footpath junction (grid ref SK133859). This leads you uphill with the path following the edge of Open Country to reach the Youth Hostel at Rowland Gate (grid ref SK140865). Signs direct you on to the path towards Clough Farm, where some careful navigation is required to stay on the route. As a general comment bear left and providing you stay on a path you can't really go too wrong.
(1)The path climbs again to enter Open Country and continues its ascent across open moorland to enter Jagger's Clough. Continue on the main track to climb up onto the ridge linking Win Hill with the Kinder Plateau (grid ref SK159876). From here you get your first view north towards the Derwent Valley and the surrounding high moorland. You can make a short diversion south to Hope Cross, which stands on the route of the old Roman road that originally linked Hope to Glossop. There are a number of paths at this important junction and it is important that you locate the right one, which is the clear track heading northwest onto Crookstone Hill.
(2)The track soon reduces to a footpath, which turns southwest across Crookstone Out Moor becoming a well trodden path along the southern edge of Kinder. The views across Edale to the Castleton Ridge are excellent. The going is fairly level and you need to have map in hand ready to identify where you cross Ollerbrook Clough (grid ref. SK129874). Since the OS 1:25000 map was surveyed a number of additional fences have been constructed in this vicinity so careful navigation is necessary. However the general aim is to leave the edge path as it continues towards Golden Clough and Grindsbrook, and follow the small ridge southwest to the rocky prominence of Ringing Roger (grid ref. SK125872). This is best by keeping to the ridge and using the stiles to cross the new fences.
(3)From Ringing Roger you get a bird's eye view of Grindsbrook and Edale. You can also plot your route into the valley as the path used for the descent as it zigzags down to the Nab and continues into the Grindsbrook valley. Once you join the main valley path, bear left, cross the footbridge, pass the Old Nags Head (the start or finish of the Pennine Way) and follow the lane back down to the start.(A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Edale main car park
1 : mi 2 - alt. mi 2 - Clough Farm
2 : mi 3.18 - alt. mi 3.18 - Head northwest at path junction
3 : mi 5.54 - alt. mi 5.54 - Ringing Roger
D/A : mi 7.5 - alt. mi 7.5 - Edale main car park
This walk explores the quieter eastern section of the Kinder Plateau. The route starts from the main car park in Edale (grid ref. SK124853). There is also a public transport option with Edale station served by trains on the Manchester and Stockport to Sheffield route. The walk begins by using field paths linking the farms of the Edale Valley before climbing onto the moors of Kinder.
Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
Global average : 4.5/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 4.5/5
Global average : 5 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good
A lovely walk with great views.
The turn off the tar road in the beginning is only marked Grindsbrook but at the booth you turn up to the right and find the track leading to The Nab once you have crossed the stile leading out of the field.
The split is not signposted but once you have done this the track is quite clear. An OS map really helped with this.
Once you reach the main path on the ridge it is broad and clear.
Thanks for getting in touch. I believe that it was at the following section that they had some trouble:
"After passing Cotefield (on your left) turn left at the footpath junction (grid ref SK133859). This leads you uphill with the path following the edge of Open Country to reach the Youth Hostel at Rowland Gate (grid ref SK140865). Signs direct you on to the path towards Clough Farm, where some careful navigation is required to stay on the route. As a general comment bear left and providing you stay on a path you can't really go too wrong."
If you use the grid references, you should be fine, but any feedback on the walk would be most welcome (or photos if you take any)
Hope you enjoy the walk!
We are thinking of doing this walk next weekend. Can you clarify if the tricky bit where someone ended up down the YHA track is where you have written "There are a number of paths at this important junction and it is important that you locate the right one, which is the clear track heading northwest onto Crookstone Hill"?
Just hoping we can follow your instructions, and preempting potential problems!!
Thanks for your feedback on this walk. If you could let me know how you suggest rephrasing the walk description, I can make those changes so the walk is clearer for future walkers We also welcome photos, if you would like to post any of this walk Sarita
Global average : 4 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Good
Bit tricky to follow the route at the beginning. we missed a turning somewhere and ended up on the drive of the YHA so then took a left to walk up it. Reaching the junction of the Roman road at the top on the moor, a handy "take a left" would of been useful. Overall though, an excellent walk and a good length with epic views!
A lovely walk from Ashford in the Water taking in a wide range of terrains including two dales, the River Wye and the Great Shacklow Wood. It's a good un!
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.
A rewarding ascent of a Peak District hill that offers fine views into Edale. An ascent of Win Hill includes a stiff climb onto the ridge but otherwise this a an easy and relaxing walk.
Hollins Cross, Mam Tor and Cavedale are highlights of this Peak District walk from Castleton. The walk includes both Dark and White Peak scenery and generally follows well marked footpaths.
This ridge walk is a very popular excursion mainly because of the excellent views.
Grindsbrook and Edale Head are two of the highlights of this Peak District walk from Edale. Superb walking high above Edale on the Kinder Scout Plateau provides excellent views over this part of Derbyshire. Choose a good day for this route as poor weather makes navigation tricky.
This Peak District walk from Castleton takes you south and crosses some typical limestone scenery, providing some good views across the valley to Castleton's Great Ridge. You walk through Cave Dale and are also descend through the dramatic Winnats Pass.
This Peak District walk explores two of the gritstone edges in the eastern sector of the National Park. The walk generally follows well defined paths and tracks and offers some fine views from elevated positions along the way. After heavy rain do expect some boggy ground under foot along some sections of the route.
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