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Barber Booth Horseshoe

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in national park Peak District in Derbyshire, England, about 14.30km (8.89 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 373m (1223ft)
Loss 370m (1213ft)
Max. Elevation 620m (2034ft)
Elevation (total) 743m (2436ft)
Start & End
Edale Station
Distance 14.30km
(8.89mi)
Duration ~5:15h
Difficulty  
Moderate
9Created by violetpsyche on 16 Aug 2011
This walk encircles the head of the Vale of Edale, mostly keeping to the higher ground above Barber Booth and Upper Booth. On a clear day, navigation is easy, as you can see the route unfolding ahead of you. After a steep ascent, the stroll along Rushup Edge is easy and pleasant. The path to Brown Knoll tends to be very muddy, so take care not to sink up to the ankles in mud! On a foggy day, use of a compass for this section of the walk is necessary. Once on Kinder, the mud is behind you and there are landmarks to help you find your way. A steep descent brings you back into the village.  

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Waypoints

OS Grid SK121853
Trains from Manchester and Sheffield. Turn right out of the station, then right again. Take the next turning to the left, walking along a paved track and over a bridge across the River Noe. Pass Hardenclough Farm on your right.
OS Grid SK123845
Bear left, following the track through Greenlands and up the steep ascent of Cold Side. Emerge at a bend in the road. Cross over the road to a gate onto Rushp Edge.
About 0.79 km (~0.49 miles) from
OS Grid SK124834
Keep to the wide path along the Rushup Edge, ascending Lord's Seat on the way. You will eventually come to the junction with Chapel Gate track. The track is wide and well defined. Unfortunately, it has been damaged and eroded by off road enthusiasts. At present, there is an 18 month ban on vehicle use to let the track recover.
About 1.13 km (~0.7 miles) from
OS Grid SK098829
Turn right along the Chapel Gate track. At the junction of paths, take the left branch, heading in a northerly direction across Colborne. You will see a square brick structure away to the west. This is the air shaft for the Cowburn Tunnel, deep beneath the hill. The path across the moor is well defined, but muddy and may require you to weave left and right in order to find the dryest crossing. You are heading for the trig point at Brown Knoll. In misty conditions, use of a compass is advised.
About 2.60 km (~1.62 miles) from
OS Grid SK083851
From the trig point, bear northwest, then aim north along a path beside a wall, to reach a crossroads of paths.
About 2.68 km (~1.67 miles) from
OS Grid SK080861
Continue straight on. You have just joined the Pennine Way, which you will walk along for a short distance. Ascend the slope along a wide path to the gritstone wall beneath Swine's Back.
About 1.02 km (~0.63 miles) from
OS Grid SK079865
Turn right off the Pennine Way and onto a path around the perimeter of the Kinder Plateau. After a short distance, you come to Edale Rocks (on your left) and soon afterwards, the large, flat topped rock known as Noe Stool. Continue along the path, through the gritstone boulders known as the Wool Packs. Descend to Crowden Brook, passing Crowden Tower to your right.
About 0.45 km (~0.28 miles) from
OS Grid SK094872
Cross the brook and continue straight on, ignoring the path down the brook. Aim for Grindslow Knoll. The path you have been following skirts the knoll, but you need to leave this path behind and ascend it.
About 1.68 km (~1.04 miles) from
OS Grid SK104872
Ascend the knoll and continue over the summit, following the clear path, which descends steeply towards the village. Eventually, you leave the moorland behined and reach farmland. Rejoin the Pennine Way.
About 0.98 km (~0.61 miles) from
OS Grid SK118859
Turn left along the Pennine Way and arrive in the village near the Old Nag's Head. At this end of the village, you can choose from the pub or Cooper's Cafe (which does the veggie breakfast of champions). Alternatively, you can walk along the road towards the station and go to the Ramblers' or the Penny Pot Cafe.
About 1.91 km (~1.19 miles) from
OS Grid SK121853
Back to the station for the train home.
About 0.65 km (~0.4 miles) from

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