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Ringing Roger & Grindslow Knoll from Edale

Peak District Walk

Nat Park - Peak District - Kinder Scout Edale

County/Area - Derbyshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km    Ascent - 1450 feet / 439 metres

Time - 4 hours 10 minutes    Grade - moderate

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Ringing Roger & Grindslow Knoll
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This short but energetic Peak District walk provides an introduction to some of the features of the Kinder Plateau in the vicinity of Edale. Choose a good day as the views are worth seeing especially south across Edale to the Great Ridge. The route includes some mild scrambling which can easily be avoided.

The start is the pay and display car park near the railway station in Edale (grid ref. SK124853). There are toilets here and there is a café and pub nearby. Leave the car park and walk up the lane into the village passing the church on your left to reach the 'Old Nag's Head' pub. This is the official southernmost point of the Pennine Way. Continue past the pub to reach a footpath sign on your right to Grindsbrook. Take this, cross the river and continue along the main paved path.

The path soon splits. Bear right here and start to climb almost immediately. The route zigzags up the hill side making for the obvious rocky outcrop of Ringing Roger. Reaching the base, you can either bear left and take the easier path on to the moor or the preferred route which does involve some use of hands to gain the top of the rocky outcrop.

From the top take the path heading roughly north-north-east to gain the main path around the edge of the Kinder Plateau. Turn west (left) on this and continue around the edge with a great view into Grindsbrook far below and longer views across Edale towards the Great Ridge. The going is level and you will pass some interesting wind-blown rock architecture to reach the head of Grindsbrook.

Here the path drops down to cross the stream and climbs out the other side to continue around the edge. At the junction of paths (grid ref. SK105872) leave the main path heading towards Edale Cross and take the smaller but obvious path south towards the summit of Grindslow Knoll. This hill also offers some fine views especially the retrospective look at virtually whole route covered so far.

The descent back into Edale starts immediately and care is needed to make sure you take the correct path. The path back to Edale is heading roughly south-east and is hidden from view when on the summit of Grindslow Knoll. However you will soon see it descending steeply as you start on the correct heading. The path is a little eroded in places but generally the going is easy and you are soon back at the Old Nag's Head. Turn right here and follow the lane back to the start.

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