The Great Ridge

A fundraising walk to raise money for the British Mountaineering Council's 'Mend our Mountains' campaign.  All proceeds from this walk will go towards the estimated £140,000 cost of repairing the highly eroded path along the central section of The Great Ridge.  This is one of the Peak District's most iconic walks, enjoyed by thousands, but the large footfall, is taking its toll on the fragile path along its length.   

1. The Great Ridge. Fundraising to 'Mend our Mountains'

Saturday 13 October 2018

A guided walk along what is arguably the best ridge walk in the Peak District.  Throughout the day, your friendly, professional guide will share with you a wealth of knowledge about the local history, geology, wildlife and plant life.


As we are hoping to raise as much money as possible towards the cost of repairing this path, the group size for this walk will be larger than on our usual walks. 


Starting from the village of Castleton, we'll make our way up the hillside onto Mam Tor from where we follow the stunning ridge of hills, over Hollins Cross, Back Tor and Lose Hill.  This will offer a good opportunity to see for yourself the badly eroded sections of path that need to be repaired.  If it's a clear day, we'll enjoy panoramic views along the ridge, with views on one side over the Vale of Edale to Kinder Scout, and on the other side  down the Hope Valley.   After descending Lose Hill to the village of Hope, we'll take a low level path back to Castleton. 


The walk is about 9 miles/14km with approx 600 metres of ascent/descent, some of which is steep.


Dogs are allowed on this walk, but they must be kept on a short lead throughout the entire walk.


The cost to join one of our regular 'open group' guided walks is £38 per person, but for this walk we are asking for a minimum donation of just £30.  You can choose to donate more, using the dropdown box on the booking section below.   100% of the money you pay will go the the BMC's Mend our Mountains fundraising.   Please book below.   

The Great Ridge. Fundraising to 'Mend our Mountains'. Saturday 13 October


  • Fully booked

Meeting Place and Time

We meet at 9:15am to be ready to set off at 9:30am.  The meeting place is the seating area near to the public toilets in the main public car park in the village of Castleton. Post code S33 8WP.  It's just off a mini-roundabout and is next to the Visitor Centre.  The car park is a Pay & Display and costs £6.00 per day, and the ticket machine currently only takes coins.  Please note, it is NOT the Peak Cavern car park which is just down the road.


Accessible by public transport.


Further Information

Essential Information
General information sheet providing advice regarding what to wear and what to bring with you on your guided walk.
General Information - Full Day Walks.pdf
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If you would like to stay locally the night before or after this walk, the villages of Castleton, Hope, Edale or Bamford are nearby.  See our accommodation page for further information.


Alternative Dates - Private Guiding

For greater flexibility, why not do this as a private guided walk on a day of your choice, either on your own or with a group of friends or family?