Walks in Edale, Derbyshire
Walks in Edale, Derbyshire
Here at Walking The Peaks we try our best to make our walks as good as possible for our customers. Just recently, to help plan a walk, we took a trip out into the Peak District, more specifically to look at walks in Edale, Derbyshire. The valley has it all – a wonderful ridge walk, some dark and murky moors, some lovely valley walks, and also pubs and cafes. What’s not to like? If after reading this short account of the valley, if you’d like us to plan you a walk, fill out our order form here!
Grindsbrook Booth is the main village, right in the heart of the vale at the bottom of Grindsbrook itself. A bustling place, it’s home to two pubs (the Rambler Inn and the Nags Head), as well as a visitor centre, a couple of cafe’s, two campsites and also a village store. Perhaps most famously, it is the start of the famous Pennine Way, a dramatic 268 mile hike that straddle the backbone of England all the way to Kirk Yetholm in Scotland. It’s a lovely place to start, finish or visit whilst out walking. There’s a car park in the main village, and also a railway station providing direct links with Manchester and Sheffield, and other villages in the area.
For walks in Edale, you’re not going to struggle for choice. The high, moorland plateau of Kinder Scout looms to the north, full of deep, steep sided peat grouphs and edged with craggy gritstone boulders shaped by the wind and rain. Kinder is almost more interesting on a gloomy day, when the moors provide fearsome and eerie atmospherics. There are numerous ways up onto the hill, with Grindsbrook, Crowden Clough, Jacob’s Ladder being popular. We love Jaggers Clough in particular.
The Great Ridge
Perhaps the most famous of any walks in the Peak District, the Great Ridge comprises several peaks – Lose Hill, Back Tor, and Mam Tor, It can be extended to also take in the glorious Rushup Edge. Dividing the Hope Valley from the Vale of Edale, the 3 mile long ridge provides 360 degree views at all times and also isn’t particularly difficult. There’s several good footpaths up onto the ridge from Edale, with paths directly up to Back Tor, Hollins Cross, and Mam Nick. The walk also made the top ten in ITV’s ‘ Britain’s Favourite 100 Walks‘, which perhaps demonstrates how good it is, and also its popularity.
The western end of the Vale of Edale is dominated by a hulking, featureless bog called Brown Knoll. It used to be a difficult and slow trudge across, but thanks to the recent footpath improvements you can now enjoy the moor in all it’s glory without worrying about soaking boots or route finding. It’s particularly worth a detour off to Horsehill Tor, a great spot for a rest with it’s fantastic views down into Edale.
The Eastern End
The eastern end of the Vale of Edale isn’t as high as the rest of the surrounding the valley. Here, the long ridge from Win Hill joins the eastern edges of Kinder Scout, but despite the lesser height you still get some great views. Sunsets can be particularly good up here.