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Peak District Walk
Castleton Ridge from Hope village

Nat Park - Peak District - Great Ridge Castleton

County/Area - Derbyshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 8.5 miles / 13.8 km    Ascent - 1900 feet / 576 metres

Time - 6 hours 10 minutes    Grade - moderate

Start - OS grid reference SK171834
Lat 53.34722 // Long -1.744601
Postcode S33 6AA (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

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This Peak District walk starts from the village of Hope, where parking is available on the south side of the A6187 (Grid ref. SK171834), and ascends Lose Hill before following the Castleton Ridge to Mam Tor. It then descends to Castleton vis Winnats Pass before ending with a pleasant riverside stroll back to Hope.

From the centre of the village walk north along the Edale road to reach a signed footpath on your left (Grid ref. SK 171838) which is just before the lane down to Kilhill Bridge. Follow this for a short way to a cross path and turn right. This path leads without any further navigational problems to Lose Hill Farm from the where the path continues rather more steeply on to the summit of Lose Hill. A topograph provides details of the extensive panorama that is available from here, which includes Kinder Scout, Win Hill and the length of the Castleton Ridge.

Continue along the ridge to Back Tor, Hollins Cross and Mam Tor. The views are good on both sides with Edale to your right and the Hope Valley to your left. Descend from Mam Tor to the road. Turn left and left again down a footpath to reach a road (Grid ref. SK 125831). Go straight across the road to join a footpath taking the left fork when the path divides. Go straight across the next road and continue on the path to Winnats Head Farm.

Follow the road down through Winnats Pass past the entrance to Speedwell cavern to locate a path on your right (Grid ref. SK 139827). Take this path and follow to Castleton village. Continue through the village and follow the A6187 towards Hope. In under half a kilometre from the village centre take a signed path on your left (Grid ref. SK 153831). Continue on this path crossing a railway line to reach a lane (Grid ref. SK 171832). Turn left up the lane into Hope village.

Note - This walk was undertaken during the Hope village "Well Dressing" and it is worth exploring the village to see the dressed wells. Check with the local tourist information offices for dates.

Other walks nearby

Walk 2599 Kinder, Edale and Castleton Ridge from Hope - mod/hard - 13.5 miles/21.9 km

Walk 1706 Win Hill from Hope - easy/mod - 6.5 miles/10.6 km

Walk 1087 Mam Tor & Cave Dale from Castleton - moderate - 6.5 miles/10.6 km

Walk 1519 Speedwell Cavern circular from Castelton - easy - 4.3 miles/6.9 km

Walk 1521 Cave Dale and Winnats Pass from Castleton - easy - 4.5 miles/7.3 km

Walk 1665 Hollins Cross & Lose Hill from Castleton - easy/mod - 6.0 miles/9.8 km

Walk 3426 Lose Hill & Hollins Cross from Castleton - easy/mod - 5.0 miles/8.1 km

Walk 1080 Shatton Moor and Offerton from Bradwell - easy/mod - 7.5 miles/12.2 km

Walk 2588 Win Hill & Hope Cross - moderate - 7.5 miles/12.2 km

Walk 1688 Old Dam & Sparrowpit from Mam Tor - moderate - 9.0 miles/14.6 km

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