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 : 7.39mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1273ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1270ft
Highest point Highest point : 1791ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 833ft
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 : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Mam Nick car park
1 : mi 1.19 - alt. mi 1.19 - Hollins Cross
2 : mi 2.64 - alt. mi 2.64 - Turn right at road
3 : mi 3.86 - alt. mi 3.86 - Lee House
4 : mi 5.6 - alt. mi 5.6 - Bear east towards Mam Nick
D/A : mi 7.39 - alt. mi 7.39 - 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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Opinions and comments


Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 2.00/4
Routemap quality : 3.00/4
Walk interest : 3.00/4
Global average : 2.67/4

on Mon 12 Mar 2018 10:19:12 CET : Re: Mam Tor, Upper Booth and Rushup Edge

Date of walk : 21/02/18
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

We tried this a day earlier but low mist and rain deferred it. Had a good walk but lost our way a little approaching upper booth. Small stream to cross was a wide raging torrent and we had to resort to scrambling across a fence over this. So would advise families to choose later in the year to undertake.

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