Mam Tor - Peak District Walk

Saturday 30th July 2016

No sooner was my knee up to walking than John damaged his so today's walk was a tester for his knee. The original plan had been to do this walk yesterday, in the hope of missing some of the crowds, but given Friday's forecast for Edale we postponed it and followed the crowds along the top of Mam Tor.

Start: Castleton car park (SK 1489 8307)

Route: Castleton car park - Cave Dale - Slitherstone Mine - Mam Tor (TP) - Hollins Cross - Hollowford Road - Castleton car park

Distance: 6.25 miles     Ascent: 391 metres      Time Taken: 3 hours 35 mins

Terrain: Clear paths

Weather: Sunny spells with a strong wind.

Pub Visited: The Castle, Castleton    Ale Drunk: Brains, Reverand James

Route Map >>


Cave Dale

A quiet start to the walk as we enter Cave Dale and leave the crowds in Castleton behind.

Cave Dale

The blue sky meant the walk began in glorious sunshine.

Pevril Castle

I can never resist a shot of Pevril Castle.

Derwent Edge

As we leave Cave Dale the views open up behind us, here looking across to Derwent Edge.

Win Hill

At the top of the dale and the view now includes Win Hill.

Abney Moor

Our route diverts along this track which isn't included in the guide books, so we have the track to ourselves. Here looking back towards Abney Moor.

Mam Tor

Looking across to Mam Tor and it is certainly busy.

Great Ridge

Looking across the Great Ridge to Derwent Edge.

Vale Of Edale

The top of Mam Tor was very windy so we didn't hang around too long admiring the view along the Vale of Edale.

Rushup Edge

Rushup Edge from Mam Tor.

Mam Tor's trig

The summit trig was rather busy. It's at times like this that I realise how lucky I am as I can get here mid-week and have this place to myself.

Great Ridge

We managed to get out of the wind and enjoyed a lunch with a view of the ridge.

Hope Valley

The view also took in Hope Valley.

Barker Bank

We left the ridge at Hollins Cross. As tempting as it was to continue over Barker Bank common sense prevailed.

Grindslow Knoll

One final look at Grindslow Knoll and Kinder before we head down.

Mam Tor

From this side the lines of the iron age fort on Mam Tor are visible.

Hope Valley

The view of the Hope Valley as we follow the track back towards Castleton.

Winnats Pass

Winnats Pass from the road back.

Mam Tor

The size of the landslip is more noticeable from this side of Mam Tor.


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