Kinder Scout from Edale
A circular, full-day mountain (above 600m) walk in England starting at Edale Station, Derbyshire, about 11km (roughly 7 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. Experience some of England's finest, bleakest moorland - Kinder Scout, the start of the Pennine Way. This route takes you along two pleasant rivers as well - a fine day out. Kinder was the site of the mass trespass in 1932, when 500 walkers descended here to demand the 'right to ramble'. They couldn't have chosen a more suitable place - it's one of the most popular spots for walking in the UK, now owned and cared for by the National Trust. Start: Edale Station, OS Grid: SK123852 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 631m (2071ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 1239m (4067ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 608m (1996ft)
Max. Elevation: 590m (1935ft)
Start the walk at Edale station, on the line between Sheffield and Manchester. Peak bus services all pass through here.
From the station, head into Edale village. You will see signs for the Pennine Way - follow these to the hamlet of Upper Booth, along the lower slopes of Kinder.
Continue on the Pennine Way up the Jacob's Ladder footpath. This path is quite steep. When it starts to level out, you will see the rocky outcrops, carved into curiously-shaped towers by the wind, that characterise Kinder Scout.
Follow the southern edge of the Kinder Scout plateau - it's worth wandering into the boggy landscape where you can play in the mud or look for the grouse! That's 'grouse' as a plural - there's more than one, of course.
Follow the path from Kinder Scout back into Edale village. The Old Nag's Head pub is well worth a visit. From here, it's a short walk back to Edale station.