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. The walk includes the steep limestone dale of Winnats Pass, and the picturesque village of Castleton with its castle, pubs, cafes and gift shops. It’s a fantastic walk of 12km/ 7.5 miles, with 460m/1500ft of ascent.
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.
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