Mam Tor, Upper Booth and Rushup Edge

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

This Peak District walk explores some of the highlights of Edale and its surrounding hills. The walk includes Mam Tor, Castleton Ridge, Edale and Ruship Edge. The second half of the walk uses some quieter paths.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h20[?]
Distance Distance : 11.9km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 388m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 387m
Highest point Highest point : 546m
Lowest point Lowest point : 254m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Peak Forest
Starting point Starting point : N 53.34547° / W 1.81357°
Download : GPX track


(D)The walk starts in the large pay and display car park (grid ref. SK123832) just south of Mam Nick, near Castleton. There is also some on-road parking in the vicinity if you want to avoid the parking charge. Exit the car park to the north climbing the steps and follow the clear path up to Mam Nick to reach the road. Bear right and continue to climb the steps and path leading to the summit of Mam Tor from where there are substantial views across the surrounding area. The view north towards Edale and the Kinder Plateau is of particular interest as you will be traversing some of this area as the walk proceeds.

(1)Continue along the Castleton Ridge descending along the clear path to reach Hollin's Cross (grid ref. SK135845). Turn left here, taking the left hand path downwards and following the sign to Barber Booth. Initially the path descends quite quickly but becomes less steep as you lose height. The route runs to the north of Greenlands to join a lane. Turn right and walk north towards Edale. The lane bears right and just afterwards take the stile on the left (grid ref. SK123846). The path crosses a number of fields using stiles and gates, eventually reaching a road (grid ref. SK113846).

(2)At the road, go right. This leads you to the hamlet of Barber Booth. Take the first track on the left and follow this over the railway (grid ref. SK111848). The track bears left over the railway and follow the sometimes feint route, where the path is unclear head for the farm buildings ahead to reach Upper Booth (grid ref. SK102853). Turn left in the hamlet and then right onto the Pennine Way following in towards Jacob's ladder. Just before Lee House, look for gate below a grassy area on left hand side (grid ref. SK097854).

(3)Follow the path towards Highfield heading south at grid ref. SK101850 towards Dale Head. From Dale Head continue in a southerly direction following the sign to Whitemoor Clough. A steep climb lies ahead onto Rushup Edge.

(4)When the path flattens out (grid ref. SK099829), turn left and follow the edge eastwards to Reach Mam Nick. Follow the path and steps down to the car park.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Mam Nick car park
1 : km 1.92 - alt. km 1.92 - Hollins Cross
2 : km 4.25 - alt. km 4.25 - Turn right at road
3 : km 6.22 - alt. km 6.22 - Lee House
4 : km 9.02 - alt. km 9.02 - Bear east towards Mam Nick
D/A : km 11.9 - alt. km 11.9 - Mam Nick car park

Useful Information

This walk explores some of the highlights of Edale and its surrounding hills. The walk includes the well known viewpoint of Mam Tor and the adjoining Castleton Ridge. The walk then descends into Edale and explores some less walked paths before climbing onto Rushup Edge at the end of the route.

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