The Great Ridge, Castleton & Edale

The Great Ridge, Castleton & Edale

The Great Ridge, Castleton & Edale

Here at Walking The Peaks I’ve had a great weekend, despite the damp and cold weather. I headed out into the Peak District to take in parts of The Great Ridge over a two day trip with a winter camp included!

Saturday 20 January 

The weather had been decided average in the morning, and having to drop my daughter off at ballet, I knew I’d only get to Castleton around 3pm. With nightfall around 4.45pm,  I’d have to set a decent pace up and over the Great Ridge to the intended overnight stop at Fieldhead Campsite in Edale. Thankfully, the weather cleared as I left Castleton and headed up the Hollowford Road (a track) to my first destination, Hollins Cross. The lofty Mam Tor was looking magnificent to the west, with the sun dropping behind its snowy flanks. 

Upon reaching Hollins Cross, I realised there was enough time to add a bit of extra distance and join a few other hikers heading up the Great Ridge to the summit of Mam Tor. And I’m pleased I did. With the snow crunching beneath my feet, I headed up to the summit to be rewarded with fantastic views in all directions. However time was passing so I soon headed down to Mam Nick and down into the Vale of Edale. Leaving the snow line, I was soon pitched up at Fieldhead enjoying a beer and a beef stew meal.

Sunday 21 January

Despite the freezing temperatures, I slept well and opened the tent door to a rather gloomy looking Edale. I didn’t hang about, snow was starting to fall and so I packed up and was soon on my way. Heading east out of Edale village itself, I soon turned south, crossing under the railway line and started the climb up to Back Tor, on the Great Ridge. Like the day before, upon reaching the summit I decided to add a bit more and turned east to scale Lose Hill, not that I could see it! In the driving snow and wind I didn’t hang about. Having reached the top, I immediately headed down to Lose Hill farm, and on to Castleton.  It was a great two day walk – only short walks each day but it was a good trip.

This was also the first time I’ve videoed a walk; fair to say I’ve a lot to learn but for a first go I don’t think it’s too bad.  You can check it out here at on our You Tube channel. If you like it, please let us know!

Thanks for reading our blog. I’m going to try and post more from now on, so check back soon for details of a walk next weekend around Shatton. Remember if you want some walks planning, we can help – check out our walk guides.

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