Peak District Walk
Rushup Edge & Crowden Tower from Edale
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Walk Route Description
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.
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.
Other walks nearby
Walk 1159 Grindsbrook & Edale Head from Edale - moderate - 7.5 miles/12.2 km
Walk 1295 Ringing Roger & Edale Cross from Edale - moderate - 10.0 miles/16.3 km
Walk 2595 The Great Ridge from Edale - moderate - 8.5 miles/13.8 km
Walk 2615 The Kinder Edges from Edale - mod/hard - 18.0 miles/29.3 km
Walk 3350 The Summit of Kinder Scout via The Cloughs - moderate - 8.5 miles/13.8 km
Walk 1113 Ringing Roger & Grindslow Knoll from Edale - moderate - 5.5 miles/8.9 km
Walk 1300 Hope Cross & Ringing Roger from Edale - moderate - 8.0 miles/13 km
Walk 2522 Rushup Edge & Edale from Mam Nick - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 1368 Mam Tor, Upper Booth and Rushup Edge - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 1831 Mam Tor & Hollins Cross - easy - 3.0 miles/4.9 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
The Pennine Way - the Path, the People, the Journey
A portrait of the The Pennine Way, Britain's oldest and best known long-distance footpath, stretching 268 miles from the Peak District to the Scottish Borders. This personal, thoughtful and often humorous story of the path's remarkable history, includes the experiences of walkers and local characters on this exhilarating and complex path.
Dark Peak Walks
Guidebook to 40 walks in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park. 35 circular routes for most abilities, from 8km to 19km, around Edale, Marsden, Fairholmes, Baslow and Castleton, including Kinder Scout and Mam Tor, and 5 longer (25km to 45km) routes highlighting the best of the Gritstone Edges, High Moorland and Deep Valleys.
The End to End Trail