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.
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.
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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