The Great Ridge from Hope

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.

The Great Ridge from Hope

This walk is one of the outstanding walks in the Peak District, and should be on every hiker’s list. The Great Ridge separates the Vale of Edale from the Hope Valley, and affords fantastic views every step of the way.

Hope is the starting point for the walk. From this busy village, the walk initially takes you through a housing estate and up through fields.  From there, you gradually climb up to the top of Lose Hill, always on good paths. At the top, it’s a sharp left and the route stretches out in front of you, all the way to Mam Tor at the other end. The walk then heads across some fields before a descent in Winnats Pass to the lovely village of Castleton.

After possible refreshments and sightseeing in the village, the last mile or so is an easy wander through fields alongside Peakshole Water all the way back to Hope.

Walk Details

Distance – 12.5km or 7.5 miles

Ascent – 460 metres or 1500 feet.

Terrain – Good paths, sometimes a little rocky and muddy. Steady ascents with a couple of steeper sections.

Getting There

There is a pay and display car park in Hope, although usually it is easy to park on street.

Hope has its own train station and is on the Sheffield-Manchester line.  The walk is also accessible by bus from Sheffield, Bakewell and villages in between.

Click here for more information on bus routes and times.

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