Mam Tor circular walk

near Castleton, S33 8WA

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Dramatic views from Mam Tor, Peak District © Joe Cornish

Dramatic views from Mam Tor, Peak District

Walking up the steps at Mam Tor © Leo Mason

Walking up the steps at Mam Tor

Visit the gorgeous setting of Mam Tor © Claire Allen

Visit the gorgeous setting of Mam Tor

Route overview

Standing at 1,695ft (517m) high, Mam Tor is one of the most dramatic viewpoints in the Peak District. It stretches north over the Edale Valley to Kinder Scout and the Derwent Moors. This circular route takes you round Mam Tor and has some amazing scenery.

Route details

See this step-by-step route marked on a map

  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Mam Nick car park, grid ref: SK123832

  1. Climb the steps at the top of the car park and follow the path alongside the road to a small gate and National Trust sign. Go through gate bearing left.

    Show/HideDramatic views from Mam Tor

    Savour the dramatic views from Mam Tor over the Peak District. As you ascend the steps keep an eye out for the special stones our rangers have placed in the steps, which link to our other walk in the area. Leaflets available from the car park.

    Dramatic views from Mam Tor, Peak District © Joe Cornish
  2. Climb the stone steps until the ground begins to level out, not far below the summit of Mam Tor.

    Show/HideMam Tor

    As you start to climb the steps you can see, on the other side of the road, the thin and unstable beds of shale and sandstone of which Mam Tor is made. Take care! Cliffs and unstable edges. Please keep to the path.

    Walking up the steps at Mam Tor © Leo Mason
  3. Continue on the path up to the summit. This path is stepped and stone pitched and was rebuilt by the National Trust’s Estate Team replacing the original track.

  4. Follow the flagstone path north along the ridge until it gets noticeably steeper.

  5. Continue to follow the path down to a small monument in a dip in the ridge.

  6. Turn right, downhill, back towards Mam Tor. Take the right fork in the path, just before the trees, skirting around the woods. Continue on the path to the road.

  7. Walk up the road, through a gate, to a broken road (caused by a landslide).

  8. Continue up the broken road and pass through a gate and parking area. Turn left down the track to Blue John Cavern. Take a look in this show cave (not NT) to see the rare mineral after which the cave is named.

  9. Pass the building that gives access to the mine entrance and go through a small gate and up a grassy path. Bear right at the top of the hill and go through a gate. Cross the field and road and take the left fork, uphill, to the entrance of another cave, Windy Knoll. Take care! Do not enter cave, as there have been recent rockfalls.

  10. From the cave, cross the field to a small gate by the road. Cross this road and walk along the grass verge back to the car park.

    Show/HideInspirational views

    The majestic scenery of Mam Tor has inspired many an artist. Photographers take stunning images of this wonderful landscape at all times of day, year and in all weathers. Some are available for purchase at our Penny Pot Café in Edale.

    Visit the gorgeous setting of Mam Tor © Claire Allen

End: Mam Nick car park, grid ref: SK123832

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 3 miles (4.8km)
  • Time: 2 hours approx
  • OS Map: Landranger 110, Explorer OL1
  • Terrain:

    Mostly moderate walking on good paths, with some steps and steep climbs. Several gates and stiles. Dogs welcome on a lead.

  • How to get here:

    By foot: from Castleton village follow the road northwest until you reach point 6 on the map

    By bike: Pennine Bridleway is 2 miles west on the road to Chapel-en-le-Frith

    By bus: service 200, Chapel-en-le-Frith to Castleton, via Winnats Pass, alight Mam Tor. Service 272, Sheffield to Castleton, then walk from village or take the 200 bus

    By train: Hope and Edale stations

    By car: from Castleton take the main road west up Winnats Pass. At the T-junction turn at the top of the pass, turn right and follow the road round, passing the first turning on the right. The car park is next right

  • Facilities:

    Visit the Penny Pot Café in nearby Edale and sample our wide range of delicious homemade food, drinks and cakes. With the bike racks outside and hot, hearty food and drink inside, it is the perfect place for a bite to eat. Cyclist (pedal or motor), walker or visitor, everyone is welcome at the Penny Pot, Station Approach, Edale, Derbyshire S33 7ZA, 01433 670293. Opening times vary, please call in advance or check the website

    National Trust car park, National Park Information Centres (inc. WCs) at Edale and Castleton. Refreshments at tea-rooms and pubs in Castleton

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