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Rushup Edge & Mam Tor from Edale

Peak District Walk

Nat Park - Peak District - Kinder Scout Edale

County/Area - Derbyshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 10.0 miles / 16.3 km    Ascent - 1700 feet / 515 metres

Time - 6 hours 40 minutes    Grade - moderate

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Rushup Edge & Mam Tor
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Edale is surrounded by a ring of hills and gritstone edges which provide a variety of excellent walks. This route starts from the village of Edale, and after using a section of the Pennine Way to the top of Jacob's Ladder turns south across moorland to Brown Knoll. The walk continues to Rushup Edge where the ridge is followed to Mam Nick. A short ascent leads to the summit of Mam Tor. A section along the Castleton Great Ridge to Hollins Cross and a descent back to the start.

The start is the large car park or railway station at Edale served by trains between Manchester and Sheffield (grid ref. SK124853). On arrival continue uphill into the village past the church to the Old Nags Head where you turn left onto the Pennine Way to Upper Booth. From here stay on the Pennine Way and ascend Jacob's Ladder on the southern slopes of Kinder Scout to reach the point where the Pennine Way turns sharp right (grid ref. SK081861).

After passing through a gate, turn left on a paved path to cross Brown Knoll. After 800 metres locate another paved path heading left. Take this and continue to the trig point of Brown Knoll. The onward route heads southeast across the moor for just over two kilometres to reach a track (grid ref. SK099832). Turn right and continue to a wall. Turn left, signed to Mam Tor and Hollins Cross, and continue over the ridge of Rushup Edge and the summit at Lord's Seat. From here a clear path leads down to the road at Mam Nick. Turn left and shortly after right onto the path which climbs steeply onto Mam Nick. Take time to enjoy the view which includes most this walk.

Descend from Mam Tor along the Castleton Great Ridge and continue to a col at Hollins Cross (grid ref. SK136845) which offers a final chance to enjoy the view north to Kinder and south into the White Peak. Leave the ridge path and turn sharp left and continue for a short way to a junction where you keep left along a signed bridleway which leads towards Greenlands. Reaching a junction just before Greenlands, turn right and follow the farm access lane downhill to the valley road. Turn right and then first left to return to Edale station or car park.

Other walks nearby

Walk 2522 Rushup Edge & Edale from Mam Nickmoderate7.0 miles
Walk 1368 Mam Tor, Upper Booth & Rushup Edgemoderate7.0 miles
Walk 1831 Mam Tor & Hollins Cross from Mam Nick easy3.0 miles
Walk 1688 Old Dam & Sparrowpit from Mam Nick moderate9.0 miles
Walk 1087 Mam Tor & Cave Dalemoderate6.5 miles
Walk 1519 Catleton & Speedwell Cavern Circulareasy4.3 miles
Walk 1521 Cave Dale and Winnats Passeasy4.5 miles
Walk 1665 Hollins Cross & Lose Hill easy/mod6.0 miles
Walk 3426 Lose Hill & Hollins Cross easy/mod5.0 miles
Walk 1489 Blackden Brook, Kinder & Upper Ashopmoderate6.8 miles

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