4 of 5 (9 votes)

Mam Tor - the geography teacher's favourite

A leisurely walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in national park Peak District starting and finishing in Derbyshire, England, about 5.90km (3.67 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 235m (770ft)
Descent 283m (928ft)
Max. Elevation 490m (1607ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 518m (1698ft)
Distance 5.90km
Duration ~2:15h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 13 Oct 2007
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.

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OS Grid SK122853
From Edale station, don't head towards the village. Take the bridleway heading south via Hardenclough Farm.
OS Grid SK136845
You can head straight up to Mam Tor, but a nicer route is the more gentle path to Hollins Cross.
About 1.61 km (~1 miles) from
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 1.34 km (~0.83 miles) from
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 1.44 km (~0.89 miles) from
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.
About 1.21 km (~0.75 miles) from

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03 Sep 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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