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Peak District Walk
Lose Hill & Hollins Cross from Castleton

Nat Park - Peak District - Great Ridge Castleton

County/Area - Derbyshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 5.0 miles / 8.1 km

Ascent - 1100 feet / 333 metres

Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference SK149829
Lat 53.342791 // Long -1.77767
Postcode S33 8WN (approx. location only)

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Lose Hill & Hollins Cross from Castleton
 
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Castleton is a good centre for walkers with cafés, pubs and shops for supplied. The start of this Peak District walk is the pay and display car park adjacent to the Tourist Information Centre (grid ref. SK149829). After parking, exit the car park and turn left along Buxton Road and walk as far as the T-junction. Turn left here and at the next junction (where the main road to Hope turns right) keep straight ahead up Hollowford Road.

Stay on this quiet lane and continue past the cemetery on your right. At the next junction (grid ref. SK147834), turn right towards Losehill Hall. Initially a track the way ahead becomes a footpath for a short way just before reaching another track at Losehill Hall (grid ref. SK152838). Continue straight ahead here following a clear track (with Losehill Hall on your right). Ignore the side track to Field's Farm on your left and continue to reach a track junction just past Spring House Farm (grid ref. SK156840).

Turn left here and start climbing steadily up the access track towards Lose Hill Farm. The track bears right, then goes sharp left and continues climbing. Just after the next sharp right hand bend take the signed footpath on your left. This rising path crosses a field with Lose Hill now in sight. The path goes to the right hand end of a small plantation and then follows a fence as the climb gets slightly steeper. Cross the fence at a stile and then climb the clear path to the top of Lose Hill with its fine view and topograph. With most the ascent now complete this is the perfect place to take a break.

The onward route descends south west with a clear path all the way. Reaching Back Tor there is a steep ascent over rocky ground before the path resumes an undulating course along the ridge. Reaching Hollins Cross with another topography (grid ref. SK135845), turn sharp left (almost a U-turn) descending south-east along a rather worn and eroded path. This soon loses height and leads across open country down to a narrow walled path (grid ref. SK141841) which can wet under foot and muddy after rain. This enclosed path leads into Hollowford Lane which is followed back to the centre of Castleton.

 
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