Saturday 3rd February 2007

 

A warm winter's day with no wind and a cloudless sky meant that we were joined by what felt like the whole of Derbyshire for a walk along the Mam Tor ridge. If you can, this is a walk to do during the week when it is much quieter but as this is one of John's favourite walks this time we had to join the crowds on the ridge on a day when the conditions for walking don't get much better than this.

 

Start: Castleton car park (SK 1493 8301)

 

Route: Castleton car park - Hope - Lose Hill - Back Tor - Hollins Cross - Mam Tor (TP) - Cave Dale - Castleton car park

 

Distance: 9.25 miles     Ascent: 539 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours 30 minutes

 

Weather: Blue sky, sunshine, warm with no wind.

 

Pub visited: The Castle, Castleton      Ale Drunk: Charles Wells Bombardier

Route Map

 

Mam Tor

Mam Tor from the road to Hope.

 

Lose Hill

Lose Hill.

 

Mam Tor Ridge

Looking along the ridge to Mam Tor from the climb to Lose Hill.

 

Win Hill

Win Hill with Bamford Edge and Stanage Edge behind it.

 

Grindslow Knoll

Grindslow Knoll from Lose Hill.

 

Vale of Edale

The Vale of Edale.

 

Back Tor

Back Tor.

 

Back Tor, Lose Hill & Win Hill

Back Tor, Lose Hill and in the distance Win Hill, from Barker Bank.

 

Edale

Edale and Grindslow Knoll from Hollins Cross.

 

Mam Tor

The defensive bank and outer ditch of the Bronze Age fort that once existed on Mam Tor are clearly visible.

 

Mam Tor ridge with Derwent & Howden Edges

Looking back along the ridge, from Mam Tor's summit, with Derwent and Howden Edges in the distance.

 

Winnats Pass

Winnats Pass from Mam Tor.

 

Mam Tor

Mam Tor.

 

Mam Tor ridge

Mam Tor ridge.

 

Cave Dale

Heading down into Cave Dale.

 

Peveril Castle

Peveril Castle with Lose Hill catching the last of the sun.

 

Peveril Castle

Peveril Castle.

 

Cave Dale

The entrance (or in our case exit) to Cave Dale.

 

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