Mam Tor & The Old Road

The Peak District National Park was created in 1951, the first national park in the UK. Walking in the Peak District can be quite varied, with the more gentle limestone dales of the White Peak and the higher, gritstone moors of the Dark Peak, meaning there’s something for everyone.

Mam Tor & The Old Road

Mam Tor is one of – perhaps the – most famous hill in the Peak District, and for good reason. The views are outstanding, and it’s also very accessible by car. This walk takes advantage of this accessibility, and gives you the ability to climb a proper peak for relatively little effort.  Mam Tor is a great family walk too.

The 4.4 km/2.7 mile route starts at the National Trust Car Park at Mam Nick, just north-west of Castleton. We’ve chosen this starting point as it spreads out the uphill and means the café is 2/3 of the way round.

The walk heads straight up to the top of Mam Tor, and then continues straight down the wide ridge on a good footpath to Hollins Cross. From there, you turn off the main path and go across the side of the hill (this part can get a bit muddy at times) to the old A625 where the road slipped down the hill in the 1970’s.

You’ll follow the road up to Blue John Cavern, where there’s a café, before a final, short ascent back up to Mam Nick. Mam Tor is a brilliant walk.

Walk Details

Distance – 4.4km or 2.7 miles

Ascent – 200 metres or 650 feet.

Terrain – Good paths and tracks, one narrower path; sometimes a little rocky and muddy.

Getting There

The walk is close to the famous village of Castleton, at the western end of the Hope Valley. The National Trust car park is located here, but should it be busy there’s roadside parking not far away. The car park is Pay & Display (cards only) and is £3.50 for up to 4 hours, or £5.00 for over 4 hours. If it’s full, try here and start the walk from point 8, then continuing from Point 2. The walk is not accessible by bus.

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