Walking in the Peak District: Day two

The High Peak, Peak District

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A view from Mam Tor of Winnat's Pass filled with morning mist © Joe Cornish

A view from Mam Tor of Winnat's Pass filled with morning mist

Mam Tor in the Peak District © Joe Cornish

Mam Tor in the Peak District

A view of Castleton Valley with Win Hill Pike in the far distance © Joe Cornish

A view of Castleton Valley with Win Hill Pike in the far distance

Route overview

Part two of a two-day walk in the High Peak, tried and tested by environment and travel journalist, Mark Rowe. Starting in Castleton, you'll pass through Winnat’s Head farm, climb Mam Tor and finish at Hope station. We're assuming you're comfortable with map reading and grid references, can use a compass and probably prefer in any case to put together your own walk, ad lib a bit, following a path or feature that looks worth nosing around, rather than stick rigidly to a route.

Route details

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

Route of the second day of Mark's Peak District two-day walk
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Castleton, grid ref: SK149829

  1. From Castleton follow A625 to Winnat's Pass, then follow footpath through pass and behind Winnat's Head farm.

    Show/HideWinnat's Pass

    Winnat's Pass sits on the faultline between the Peak District's two distinctive halves the dark, northern gritstone and the southern, white, limestone. Granite outcrops, resembling shrouds, emerge from their crests. One particular rock formation resembles a giant backpacker sitting on the skyline. Bears, reindeer, wolves and bison all roamed here.

    A view from Mam Tor of Winnat's Pass filled with morning mist © Joe Cornish
  2. Cross B6061 with care then - via Windy Knoll - the A625 to climb Mam Tor summit.

    Show/HideMam Tor

    Geologists believe Mam Tor - or Shivering Mountain - first began to move or crumble 3,600 years ago, leading to major landslides. More recently, in 1979 the road from Castleton was closed, and landslips keep the mountain moving at the rate of 9cm every year and will probably do so for the next 1,500 years. In between, it's been a hillfort for Celtic tribes.

    Mam Tor in the Peak District © Joe Cornish
  3. Follow ridge to Lose Hill.

    Show/HideView from Lose Hill

    To the east of Lose Hill stands its counterpart, the volcanic-looking, cone-shaped Win Hill. Legend says the names date to the 7th century and a battle between Northumbrian and Mercian kings.

    A view of Castleton Valley with Win Hill Pike in the far distance © Joe Cornish
  4. Drop downhill, cross stile on right and keep left to go behind Lose Hill farm and follow footpaths to Hope and station.

End: Hope train station, grid ref: SK181832

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 7 miles (10km)
  • Time: 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
  • OS Map: Peak District Dark Peak, OL 1
  • Terrain:

    Several steep climbs, some classic ridge walks, one area of high wind. You'll need to know how to use a compass in bad or mediocre weather and be able to map read. Dogs welcome under close control. PLEASE NOTE: the map provided is intended as a rough guide, please take a map with you and wear sensible walking gear.

  • How to get here:

    By bus: Regular buses serve Castleton from Sheffield, taking about 55 minutes. See Traveline: 0871 200 2233

    By train: Hope, 1.9 miles (3km), about 20 minutes’ walk away

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