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Peak District Walk
Mam Tor & Hollins Cross

Nat Park - Peak District - Great Ridge Castleton

County/Area - Derbyshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 3.0 miles / 4.9 km    Ascent - 700 feet / 212 metres

Time - 2 hours 10 minutes    Grade - easy

Start - OS grid reference SK123832
Lat 53.345554 // Long -1.816709
Postcode S33 8WA (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Mam Tor & Hollins Cross

This short Peak District walk includes the most dramatic section of Castleton's Great Ridge with expansive views to the north and south across a wide area of the National Park. The route follows well used paths throughout although appropriate footwear is still recommended.

The start is the pay and display car park (grid ref. SK123832) below Mam Nick. After parking exit on the northern side of the car park climbing up to the road below Mam Nick. Continue by taking the path off to the right which climbs, steeply in places to reach the summit of Mam Tor. To the north the view covers with wide valley of Edale with the Kinder Plateau beyond. Ahead is the Great Ridge which terminates at Lose Hill. To the south lies Castleton with the hills and dales of the White Peak forming a scenic background.

To continue descend on the flagged path walking east towards Lose Hill. The path descends gently reaching a crossroads of paths at Hollins Cross in just under a mile (grid ref. SK136845). From Hollins Cross the onward path descends to your right, doubling back down towards Mam Farm (grid ref. SK133841). Continue down to reach a track and bear right past Mam Farm, which is to your left. Stay on the track and continue ahead to reach the remaining section of the old road (grid ref. SK132838). Go straight ahead on the old road which was destroyed during a major landslip when a large section of the southern face of Mam Tor slid into the valley.

Reaching the access road for Blue John Cavern (grid ref. SK131832), turn left and continue towards this famous show cave. At the end of the access road, turn right onto a signed footpath which leads to Winnats Head Farm (grid ref. SK130829). Here bear right with the farm to your left and continue across fields to reach a road (grid ref. SK127829). Cross the road and take the footpath opposite. This leads northwest across rough ground to reach another road. Turn left along the road and the car park is on your right.

Other walks nearby

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

Walk 1159 Grindsbrook & Edale Head from Edale - moderate - 7.5 miles/12.2 km

Walk 1264 Rushup Edge & Crowden Tower from Edale - moderate - 10.0 miles/16.3 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

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