Kinder Scout - Peak District Walk

Tuesday 24th March 2009

As this was going to be the 200th walk on the website I picked one of my favourite walks, a route that offers a bit of everything; hills, bogs, an easy 10 second scramble and of course great views. Given the time of year there was a surprising lack of bog hopping but the cold edge, to the increasingly strong wind, reminded us that summer isn't here yet.

Start: Bowden Bridge car park (SK 0487 8695)

Route: Bowden Bridge car park - Mount Famine - South Head - Brown Knoll - Kinder Low (TP) - Kinder Downfall - Sandy Heys - William Clough - White Brow - Bowden Bridge car park

Distance: 10 miles     Ascent: 696 metres      Time Taken: 5 hours 45 mins

Terrain: Easy to follow paths, boggy across Brown Knoll with some easy scrambling in William Clough.

Weather: Blue sky to start, becoming cloudier with a cold wind.

Pub Visited: None    Ale Drunk: None

Route Map >>


One of the benches commemorating 50 years of the Ranger Service in Bowden Bridge car park.

Sandy Heys

Starting to climb and instantly rewarded with great views of White Brow (L) and Sandy Heys (R).

Kinder Low

Kinder Low and Kinderlow End.

Mount Famine & South Head

Following the broad track, which is the Pennine Bridleway, to Mount Famine.

Kinderlow End

The views continue to improve with a view up Coldwell Clough to Kinderlow End.

Leygatehead Moor

Looking back towards Middle and Leygatehead Moors from Mount Famine.

Mount Famine's summit

Approaching Mount Famine's summit, with South Head behind.

Kinder Plateau

Looking across Oaken Clough to Kinder Plateau, from Mount Famine's summit.

Chinley Churn

In the opposite direction the view is dominated by Chinley Churn.

South Head's summit

South Head's summit cairn.

Brown Knoll

The route to Brown Knoll follows the wall.

South Head & Mount Famine

A surprisingly dry walk to Brown Knoll. Here looking back to South Head and Mount Famine.

Pennine Way

At the top of Jacob's Ladder the slabs are already in place for the repairs to the Pennine Way that are planned for later in the year.

The Great Ridge

Looking down Jacob's Ladder to the Vale of Edale and the Great Ridge.

Kinder's southern edge

Looking along Kinder's southern edge, with Grindslow Knoll in the distance.


A close-up of the Pagoda, which wasn't on today's route.

Edale Rocks

Edale Rocks were on the route and provided a sheltered spot for our lunch.

Edale Rocks & Brown Knoll

Looking back across Edale Rocks to Brown Knoll.

Kinder Low's trig

Kinder Low's trig point. My favourite part of Kinder Scout.


Following the Pennine Way along the edge of Kinder to Kinder Downfall.

Mermaid's Pool

Looking down Red Brook to Mermaid's Pool and Sandy Heys.

Kinder Reservoir

Kinder Reservoir from further along the edge path.

Kinder Downfall

Kinder Downfall, with the water being blown back up.

William Clough

Looking down William Clough to Kinder Reservoir.

William Clough

William Clough.

Sandy Heys

Sandy Heys from White Brow.

Kinder Downfall

Looking towards Kinder Downfall from White Brow.

Kinder Low

Kinder Low from White Brow.


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