Kinder Scout & Grindslow Knoll
We love the Vale of Edale, and think it is the one of the best parts of the Peak District. This short walk takes you up onto the Kinder Scout plateau, giving great views pretty much all the time and provides a definite sense of achievement. The paths are generally good but it can get muddy in places – walking boots are recommended. Navigation should be fairly straightforward, but in gloomy weather take care to stick to the paths.
From the station, the walk takes you up the road into Grindsbrook Booth. Crossing the brook, you then head over a field to start the zigzag path that brings you up onto The Nab. From there, the gradients become easier as you skirt Ringing Roger and head to the main path that leads along the southern edge of Kinder.
Reaching the top of Grindsbrook, the walk continues onto Grindslow Knoll which provides exceptional views in all directions, before a descent back into Edale.
Distance – 8.5km or 5.25 miles.
Ascent – 460 metres or 1500 feet.
Terrain –Steep ascent up onto Kinder Scout, good moorland footpaths, descent from Grindslow Knoll via a stony track.
Edale is accessed via Hope, or via Mam Nick. Parking is in the main car park, which is pay and display (charges can be found here). There are some spaces by the school but these are nearly always full.
The Manchester to Sheffield railway line has a station in Edale, and is a great place to start a walk up Kinder Scout. Train times here.
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