This is a strenous walk over a variety of terrain from bleak moorland and peat bog to grassy pasture.
The walk begins at Edale station. The most challenging ascent takes place early in the day. There is a short crossing of the Kinder plateau, for which a compass is necessary, as it is easy to get lost in the deep peat groughs (channels). After a steep descent down Blackden Brook, the most difficult terrain is behind you. The next stage of the walk takes you to a delightfully unspoiled valley (the Alport) and up to the dramatic Alport Castles landslip, named for its tower like rock formations. After that, grassy pasture and easy, well marked paths lead down to the Snake Road. The final ascent of the day leads up through woodland to Hope Cross. After that, it's an easy stroll along the ridgeline (with optional ascent of Win Hill), then down through farmland to Hope station.
Start: Edale Station, OS Grid: SK121853
End: Hope, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, England, OS Grid: SK180832 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)