Kinder Moorland Walk- a glimpse into the future

Edale, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire

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A Golden Plover on the moorland looking for food © northeastwildife.co.uk

A Golden Plover on the moorland looking for food

The roots of the cotton grass plant restabilises the peat on Kinder © Tim Riley

The roots of the cotton grass plant restabilises the peat on Kinder

The unusual and sensual shapes of these rocks have inspired great artists © Joe Cornish

The unusual and sensual shapes of these rocks have inspired great artists

Route overview

Leave the car behind on this challenging and exhilarating walk that starts from Edale station and takes you high up on the windswept Kinder plateau, one of the great upland areas of the gritstone ‘Dark Peak’. Enjoy spectacular views across the Vale of Edale, explore mysterious rock formations and look out for a fantastic range of moorland wildlife. Along the route you will discover how this landscape will be changing over the next 50 years as a result of the National Trust’s Vision and Plan for the High Peak moors.

If you would like to read more about the National Trust’s High Peak Moors Vision and Plan please visit the website: www.high-peak-moors.co.uk

Route details

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Edale - Kinder Scout moorland walk map, Derbyshire
  • Directions
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  • Bus stop
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  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Edale, grid ref: SK124856

  1. Set foot from Edale station and head up through the village, passing the Moorland centre on your right.

  2. Turn left on to the Pennine Way opposite the Nag’s head pub.

  3. Follow the Pennine Way to Upper Booth Farm, which has won awards for its habitat restoration.

    Show/HideBirdlife

    Look and listen out for ground nesting birds which feed and breed on Kinder Scout. One of the first signs of spring is the mournful call of curlews, who move from coastal areas to the hills to nest. Restoration work on the bogs aims to make these areas wetter. This will increase the craneflies and other insects that curlew and golden plover chicks feed on. Birds of prey like merlin and short-eared owls hunt over the heather and red grouse can be seen taking to the air noisily when disturbed.

    A Golden Plover on the moorland looking for food © northeastwildife.co.uk
  4. As you walk along the River Noe, you pass some ancient clough woodland on your left. We will be extending this woodland up the clough, all the way to Jacob’s Ladder. You will see more alder along the stream sides and further up the hillsides oak and mountain ash will be planted and possibly some local bay leaf willow. You will be able to see and hear more birds such as woodpeckers, ring ouzels and willow warblers.

  5. Climb Jacob’s Ladder. We aim to restore more native trees in this clough by planting and protecting young trees and seedlings from grazing animals. This old packhorse track crossed the moors and was a trade route for lead, coal, salt and wool from medieval times until the railway was built in 1894.

    Show/HideLiving bog

    The High Peak Moors Vision and Plan aims to make Kinder Scout and other areas of blanket bog in the National Trust’s care wetter, by blocking erosion gullies and restoring vegetation on deep peat. This route takes you around the bog on surfaced paths, over time you will see the areas of bare, brown peat becoming covered in a variety of moorland plants and pools of water. In time, this vast expanse of living bog will capture carbon as it gets locked up in the new peat and public drinking water supplies will improve as soil erosion is reduced.

    The roots of the cotton grass plant restabilises the peat on Kinder © Tim Riley
  6. Come off the Pennine Way, taking a path to your right and skirt eastwards around Kinder Plateau. On the left around the giant anvil shaped rock called Noe Stool, you will see the areas of eroded bare peat now beginning to recover as a result of gully blocking work higher up on the plateau, which has reduced the peat erosion into the gullies. Once the peat in the gullies is stable and wet, cotton grass, mosses and other moorland plants will grow.

    Show/HideRock sculptures

    The sculptor Henry Moore is said to have been influenced by the peculiar rock formations at the south end of Kinder Scout. They've been carved by ice, water and wind over centuries. Some have intriguing names, such as the Pagoda and the Wool Packs.

    The unusual and sensual shapes of these rocks have inspired great artists © Joe Cornish
  7. The weathered gritstone rocks or tors along the Kinder Edges create an ‘other wordly’ atmosphere as you make your way past first the Pagoda and then the cluster of rocks called the Wool Packs. Continue past Crowden Tower then follow the footpath past an area of bare peat which is now recovering from recent wildfires, and go down into Grindsbrook.

  8. You will be treated to sweeping views of the Vale of Edale as you descend from the plateau. Notice the patterns of historic dry-stone walls and field boundaries. Follow the Grindsbrook footpath back to Edale village where you can drop into the Penny Pot café, just next to the train station.

End: Edale, grid ref: SK124856

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Hard
  • Distance: 7.5 miles (12km)
  • Time: 3 hours
  • OS Map: Explorer OL1
  • Terrain:

    Paths are generally good but rugged on this circular route. Some moderately challenging ascents and descents. Good fitness level and hill-walking clothing are essential.

  • How to get here:

    By train: Edale station is 330yd (300m) from start of walk

    By car: Edale village is off the A6187 from Hathersage in the Hope Valley

  • Facilities:

    Our Penny Pot café is in Edale but there are no facilities en route.

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