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Peak District Walk
The Great Ridge from Edale

Nat Park - Peak District - Great Ridge Castleton

County/Area - Derbyshire

Author - Jake Robertson

Length - 8.5 miles / 13.8 km

Ascent - 1800 feet / 545 metres

Time - 6 hours 0 minutes

Grade - moderate

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

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - The Great Ridge from Edale
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The Great Ridge sits on the Dark Peak - White Peak border and makes for a superb Peak District walk. This walk climbs up from Edale then embraces the full 4 mile long ridge before descending again. As would be expected from such a walk the views are stunning throughout.

Leave Edale car park (Grid ref. SK124853) and turn right onto the main road and follow it to reach a junction at a bridge in Barber Booth. Go right over the bridge and you should soon see a stile on the left. This path leads up through the fields to join the Chapel Gate track becoming quite faint at times. Go right with Chapel Gate and rise up the hillside to reach the moor. The track turns south, leading you to a National Trust signpost.

Turn left and follow the new path by the wall (which should be on your right), climbing steadily to the walk's summit at Lord's Seat which is marked by a tumulus. Absorb the glorious view then go over the stile and continue along the sloping ridge to Mam Nick. Walk right along the road to see a gate and path leading up Mam Tor on the left.

Take this path to ascend up to the OS trig point on Mam Tor. The view from Mam Tor ranks as one of the best in the Peak District but it is often crowded so it is best to press on to Hollins Cross. On blustery days Mam Tor is likely to have scarily strong winds blowing over it's summit so taking the path around it's northern side from Mam Nick is advised.

From Hollins Cross rise up over Barker Bank to the foot of Back Tor. Go over the stile on the left then ascend Back Tor, a charming little hill. Continue on the path, dipping then rising to the topograph on Lose Hill. Lose Hill is a wonderful summit and there is a small ditch on the eastern side which provides shelter and makes for a perfect snack stop.

Backtrack from Lose Hill to the foot of Back Tor then take a path on the right which descends to Backtor Farm past Backtor Nook. It then becomes a track, crossing the River Noe at Backtor Bridge to join the road. From here simply turn left walk for 1 mile along the road back to the car park.

Editor's Note - the route map shows alternative paths that can be used to avoid the road walking. At busy times this may be preferable.

Please maintain social distancing - keep at least 2 metres away from other walkers.

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