Saturday 25 November 2023
A guided linear challenge walk with a small group on the western edge of the Dark Peak District, heading over the hills to Edale via Kinder Scout. This 21km / 13 mile route is ideal for those who enjoy a moderately - quick pace as we make the most of the short winter daylight.
We park at Edale Station and hop on a train, alighting eight minutes later at Chinley Station. Our walking route begins here, climbing steeply onto Cracken Edge with its old quarries, before crossing onto the Pennine Bridleway. We ascend Mount Famine (473m / 1,550ft), a small but mighty summit with a sharp eastern edge. We pass a second ‘stand-alone’ peak, South Head, and take a wild moorland path towards Kinder Low Trig Point, our summit at 633m / 2,075ft - Edale appears dramatically below.
We make the most of our height gain and enjoy a breezy, high level walk along the edges of Kinder Scout, passing amazing wind carved rocks at the ‘Woolpacks’ and ‘Crowden Tower’, before reaching our final summit Grinsbrook Knoll (601m / 1,970ft), with its fine views of Mam Tor and The Great Ridge.
If daylight allows we'll pass close to 'Ringing Roger', a rocky outcrop before descending back to Edale Village and Station with its café’s and pubs - a walker's haven and start of the famous Pennine Way!
Please Note: The walk is approximately 21km / 13miles in length with 618m /2,028 feet of ascent. Participants must be fit and able to complete a full day out on the hills and be comfortable walking all day with small breaks at a moderately quick pace - if time/light becomes limited we may shorten the route. Please be aware that the terrain is steep and hilly and may be boggy in places. Length and ascent may vary slightly dependent upon best route for the group, and the winter weather - if the weather is poor, an alternative route back to Edale via, Jacob's Ladder, Rushup Edge or Mam Tor may be chosen.
The cost is £40. Please book and pay below.
We meet at 0830 at Edale Station Car Park S33 7ZN to catch a train (approx. £4.70) to Chinley where the walk starts*. The station has a pay and display machine and ticket machine for train tickets. We will will advise you of precise details/train times before the walk.
*If you prefer to park and meet us at Chinley Station (and catch the train back there after the walk has finished), please advise us and we will facilitate this accordingly.
If you would like to stay locally the night before or after this walk, there is accommodation in Edale, Castleton Hope or Hathersage. Or, if you are walking from Chinley, Hayfield is close by, or the nearest town is Glossop. Visit our Accommodation Page.