Walking the "Ethels"

Group on the Summit of Ecton Hill, Peak District

After the success of our Kinder Scout Wednesday Walks in 2021, where we raised over £700 for Moors to the Future, we're offering more charity walks in 2022.  


This year we are supporting The Peak District National Park Foundation.


The Foundation is a conservation and access charity established to raise funds and support for The Peak District National Park. It supports a variety of environmental projects in the Park and Peak Walking Adventures is a 'Bronze Peak Partner'.


For more information please visit:  Peak District National Park Foundation

Walking the Ethels - Wednesday Charity Walks

Wednesdays as follows:  23 March, 6 April, 20 April, 11 May, 18 May, 8 June, 29 June, 13 July, 3 August, 10 August and 31 August.


We'll climb some well and lesser-known landmarks and hills in the Peak District, Derbyshire Dales and Staffordshire Moorlands, each one over 400m above sea level.  These hills are known as the "'Ethels”.  They are named after Ethel Haythornwaite (1894 - 1986) who was an English environmental campaigner and pioneer of the Peak District National Park.  Our aim is to ascend one, two or even three "Ethels" on each Wednesday Walk. Please note that some of the "Ethels" are on private land and we are not able to ascend directly to their tops but aim to get as close as we are allowed. 


Wednesday 23 March

Grin Low and Corbar Hill near Buxton.

Meeting:  Car park at Grin Low Country Park.

Includes a walk through historic Buxton.

Distance:  Approximately 8km/5miles and 262m/860ft of ascent.


Wednesday 6 April 

Bolehill and Cromford Moor near Wirksworth.

Meeting: Car park at Middleton Stone Centre.

Includes Wirksworth and a visit to the famous Star Disc.

Distance:  Approximately 7.5km/4.7miles and 234m/768ft of ascent. 


Wednesday 20 April

Neolithic tomb of Minninglow, High Peak Trail near Parwich.

Meeting: Car park at Mouldridge lane, off Parwich lane, Parwich.

Includes great views from Minninglow Tor. Our shortest Ethel Walk.

Distance:  Approximately 6.5km/4miles and 108m/354ft of ascent.


Wednesday 11 May

Shining Tor, Cats Tor and Foxlow Edge near Buxton.

Meeting:  Car park at Errwood Hall.

Includes two wonderful Tors and an Edge!

Distance approximately 9km/5.5miles and 320m/1050ft of ascent.


Wednesday 18 May

Ecton Hill and Wetton Hill near Buxton.

Meeting: Car Park at Wetton Mill.

Includes a beautiful walk along the Manifold Valley with lovely views from Ecton Hill.

Distance: Approximately 8km/5miles and 320m/1050ft of ascent.


Wednesday 8 June

Lost Lad and Back Tor near Derwent Reservoirs.

Meeting:  Car park at Upper Derwent Visitor Centre.

Includes fabulous views along Derwent Edge and of Ladybower Reservoir.

Distance:  Approximately 10km/6miles and 332m/1089ft of ascent.


Wednesday 6 July

Stanage Edge, Stanage Pole and High Neb near Hathersage.

Meeting: Car park at Dennis Knoll.

Includes a walk along part of the Peak District’s spectacular four-mile Stanage Edge.

Distance:  Approximately 10km/6miles and 312m/1023ft of ascent.


Wednesday 13 July

South Head and Mount Famine, near Hayfield.

Meeting: Car Park at Bowden Bridge.

Includes two easy summits with steep sides and great views of Kinder Scout.   

Distance:  Approximately 8km/5miles and 395m/1295ft of ascent.


Wednesday 3 August

The Roaches and Hen Cloud, near Leek.

Meeting: Car Park in a layby near The Roaches tea rooms. 

Includes two ascents with fine views over the Staffordshire moorlands and a chance to see rock climbers in action!

Distance:  Approximately 8km/5miles and 250m/820ft of ascent.


Wednesday 10 August 

Wolfscote Hill, near Hartington.

Meeting:  Car Park at Hartington.

Includes a scenic walk along the beautiful Beresford Dale before climbing steeply to Wolfscote Hill. 

Distance:  Approximately 7km/4miles and 210m/689ft of ascent.


Wednesday 31 August 

Bradwell Moor, Slitherstone Hill and Eldon Hill near Buxton. 

Meeting: Old Dam, Peak Forest ( Near Castleton ) 

Includes a walk to view the famous natural cave Eldon Hole. 

Distance:  Approximately 9km/5.5miles and 236m/774ft of ascent.


Booking the walks

As these walks are free with a donation.       

Please e mail  rachel.bolton@peakwalking.com your walk dates from above and you will be allocated a place.

You will be sent details of donating after a walk has taken place. 


Ethel Wednesday Charity Walks.


Meeting time and place

We meet at at 9.15am, ready to leave at 9.30am.

The walks are all approximately three to four hours in length.

We will send you details of parking places for each Ethel Walk on receipt of booking.


Joining the walk by train or bus?  

Provided we’ve got enough spaces in our vehicles, we can pick you up and return you to a train station or bus stop close by - just let us know when you book. We don't charge for this as we are keen to promote use of public transport and help reduce traffic in the Peak District National Park.


What to wear and bring with you on guided walks with Rachel and Richard
PWA General Information - Open and Chall
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Walkers on Stanage Edge Trig Point, Peak District
Wetton Hill, Staffordshire Moorlands
Minning Low Tor, Peak District
Looking out from the Roaches, Staffordshire Moorlands
On the High Peak Trail, Wirksworth
The summit of Back Tor, Derwent Moors
The Roaches area
Solomon's temple, Grin Low


If you would like to stay locally the night before or after this walk, we can let you know good places to stay when you book a specific walk. You can also visit our Accommodation Page.