Mam Tor - the geography teacher's favourite

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Submitted by Timwoods on 13 October 2007
OS Explorer Map: OL1 - The Peak District
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A linear, half-day low hills and fells (below 600m) walk in national park Peak District (England) starting at Edale, Derbyshire, about 7km (roughly 4 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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This walk takes you from Edale to Castleton via Mam Tor, beloved of geography teachers as a fine example of a rotational landslide. There are also the remains of Bronze and Iron Age forts near the summit of Mam Tor, all managed by the National Trust.
Start: Edale, OS Grid: SK122853
End: Castleton, OS Grid: SK151829
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 325m (1068ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 699m (2295ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 374m (1227ft)
Max. Elevation: 490m (1607ft)

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OS Grid: SK122853
From Edale station, don't head towards the village. Take the bridleway heading south via Hardenclough Farm.
About 2 km (roughly 1 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SK136845
You can head straight up to Mam Tor, but a nicer route is the more gentle path to Hollins Cross.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SK127835
Follow the ridge from Hollins Cross to Mam Tor. You can see the landslide below the face of Mam Tor. Take a photo to impress your geographically-minded friends.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SK139827
From Mam Tor, take the path heading south. Fork left towards Winnats Head Farm. This route will take you via four of the Peak District's famous caves - Blue John, Treak Cliff, Speedwell and Peak Cavern.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SK151829
End your walk in Castleton. Leave time for a cup of tea or a beer (some great local beers) before catching the bus back to Sheffield and beyond.
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GaryShipp  commented on 03 September 2008
A fantastic walk
Somehow we managed to find some sunshine and did this walk the other weekend. It's a fantastic area and there are plenty of decent pubs in Castleton to refresh yourself at the end of the walk.
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