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Peak District Walk
Rushup Edge & Crowden Tower from Edale

Nat Park - Peak District - Kinder Scout Edale

County/Area - Derbyshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 10.0 miles / 16.3 km

Ascent - 2230 feet / 676 metres

Time - 7 hours 10 minutes

Grade - moderate

Start - OS grid reference SK124853
Lat 53.364428 // Long -1.815126
Postcode S33 7ZQ (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Rushup Edge & Crowden Tower from Edale Photo from the walk - Rushup Edge & Crowden Tower from Edale Photo from the walk - Rushup Edge & Crowden Tower from Edale Photo from the walk - Rushup Edge & Crowden Tower from Edale Photo from the walk - Rushup Edge & Crowden Tower from Edale Photo from the walk - Rushup Edge & Crowden Tower from Edale
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Edale is one of the finest of the Peak District valleys bounded to the north by Kinder Scout and to the south by the Castleton Ridge and Rushup Edge. This Peak District walk uses the high ground at the head of Edale to enjoy the views and moorland. This walk is also suitable for those without their own transport in which case trains to and from Edale are the best option.

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The start is the pay and display car park in Edale (Grid ref 124853). Exit to the south and follow the road west towards Barber Booth. Turn left down the first track passing Hardenclough Farm and Greenalnds. Continue on the waymarked route to reach the road at Mam Nick (Grid ref. 125836). At the col turn right up a clear path that heads west along Rushup Edge. Stay on the north side of the wall to enjoy the best views soon reaching the highest point of Lord's Seat.

Descend gently to reach a path junction (Grid ref. 099829) where you turn north. After approximately 200 metres leave the main path to continue across open moorland to Brown Knoll. In places this path suffers from being wet underfoot but is well defined for most of the way. Reaching Brown Knoll descend northwest to a wall. Turn right along the wall following a clear path to reach the Col above Jacob's Ladder without any further problems.

Continue straight ahead with the head of Edale to your right. The path stays almost level keeping below Edale Rocks as it passes the Noe Stool, Pym Chair, the Woolpacks and Crowden Tower to reach the head of Crowden Clough (Grid ref. 095872). Ignore the path descending into the clough opting to continue ahead across a bluff of moorland to reach the edge above Grindsbrook Clough (Grid ref. 104872). Turn right along the edge path, which leads you to Grindslow Knoll.

From here descend south-east on the path descending to join the Pennine Way for the final stretch into Grindsbrook Booth. Turn right down the lane and within a few minutes you are back at the start.

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