Mount Famine & South Head

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.

Mount Famine & South Head

Most people walking from Hayfield tend to head up to Kinder Downfall via William Clough. Yet this walk avoids the crowds, takes in 2 proper summits, and also scales the western edge of Kinder Scout. Just bear in mind that the moors can be an unforgiving place in bad weather, and even with this guide navigation can be difficult, so be sure that you’re confident you could manage the walk in wet and cloudy conditions.

Hayfield is a busy little village on the western side of the Peak. From the eastern end of the village, the walk initially heads along a minor road before climbing to Mount Famine via a track. A quick descent and you then have another short uphill to take in South Head, before a long gently rising path brings you over the moors to the top of Jacob’s Ladder (a popular route up Kinder Scout from Edale). 

At this point the walks heads north along the Pennine Way to the trig point at Kinder Low, before you head west to Kinderlow End and then descend down to Hayfield through fields.

Walk Details

Distance – 11.5km or 7 miles

Ascent – 500 metres or 1650 feet.

Terrain – Mainly tracks and paths, can be boggy up on the moor but flagstones make the going easier.

Getting There

From the main road in Hayfield, follow the brown ‘campsite’ signs which will take you to the parking area. There is a car park but you can also park by at the roadside nearby.

Unfortunately this walk is not accessible by public transport.

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